Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday August 31, Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 25:14-30

Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus told his disciples this parable:“A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.

After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘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.’ Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘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.’

Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘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.’

His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’”
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My Reflection:
Unlike the first and second servants who became productive. The third servant was not because he was fearful of his master. Why did he fear his master? He feared his master because he did not know the master very well. If he knew his master that well he would have endeavored to be as productive as the two servants. But unfortunately the third servant was fearful of his master and the same fear paralyzed him to become unproductive.

There are some who present God as a punishing God and a God that must be feared. This is done by some parents to their children to force them to abide by their rules. Thus, the child now will grow-up with the notion that God is a strict and punishing God. And by having that notion the child will now mature to become fearful of God. Thus in terms of his growth in faith he might become an unproductive child of God.

Let us always present Jesus as a loving, understanding and motivating God because this is the true nature of Jesus. …     

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