The Word of God

Five Fists Of Talents


Reflection on Mass Reading for November 15, 2020

“A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five [5] talents; to another, two; to a third, one–to each according to his ability. Then he went away.” In the Gospel that we are given on this great Sunday, we hear of the many talents that God administers to the world. It seems from the very notable parable that the most he gave were five, as in the five senses. Let’s take a new and interesting look from this perspective:

Talent One: EYES-the gift of sight: Think of the ability to see and comprehend the world around us and God’s presence in it.

Talent Two: EARS-the gift of listening: Think of the ability to remain quiet in front of a sunrise or sunset, a friend who is telling us about their day and life, and before God in prayer.

Talent Three:
NOSE- The gift of smell: Think of the ability to appreciate the fragrance of this created world and be soothed by the texture of nature’s aroma.

Talent Four:
MOUTH-the gift of speech: Think of the ability to communicate and heal with words that are formed in your mind and expressed with your heart.

Talent Five:
TOUCH-our effect on others. Please think of how wonderful it is to be held, to accept the congratulatory handshake or the firm and reassuring pat on the back. Good touches warm the heart.

We cannot bury these talents any more than we can hide from the expectations that are thrust upon us. The lessons are irrefutable. First, this parable teaches us that success is a product of our work. God always gives us everything we need to do what he has called us to do. In the mystery of this awesome human life, we are not all created equally with the same gifts and talents. None of us can render judgment on any other. We work for the Master, not our own selfish purposes, and because of that fundamental and critical reason, we will all be held accountable.

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck

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