Father Labib Kobti

Sunday and Holy Day Reflections

Thirty-third Sunday A / in Ordinary Time
Your life of today will open to the eternity of tomorrow
Matthew 25: 14-30


In a time when many people are feeling the hardship of the economy, this parable of Jesus may speak to you today more than at any other time.

Two of the servants to whom a man going on a journey entrusted his possessions have done good job. They traded with the money and give the interest to their master. The Gospel does not tell us exactly what they did. But the parable tells us how the master was pleased: "Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come; share your master's joy."

The Gospel speaks about a man "going on a journey," he did not give name to that man. But we understand that he means the good Lord, who gives us chances to use the talents and the gifts that we have. The coming back and the will to settle the accounts, "after a long time," is our life time. Sharing "the master's Joy" is eternity. The "new responsibilities" given to "the good and faithful servant" is sharing with the Lord in helping, guiding, praying, and enlightening the people on earth that we are to do the same so as to reach our Eternity.

On the other side, we have the third servant who read into God’s generosity as a test for him instead of an act of love and trust. A lot of people do not want to see that God is love, that God is a good father, a good mother or a friend. They want to fight God's goodness and work for others: "Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear, I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back."

The great sin of this third person is that he did not consider the talent his, he do not consider his life as his own; he was afraid to serve others, to care, to work, to love, to be fair. He just closes his eyes to the truth and cannot stand with what is right and good.

My friend, today’s Gospel is asking you, please, do not undervalue yourself; do not live with illusions; do not compare yourself with others; do not play with your life and with your talents. Love truth, work hard with others, defend what is right and good, and do not accept superficiality because your life of today will open to the eternity of tomorrow.



Close this Al-Bushra Window

16 May 2006