SATURDAY: Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Becoming Trustworthy Stewards of the Divine Talents
True love does not come without a measure of trust – even while taking cognizance of each other’s weaknesses. Christ loved us while were still sinners (Rom.5:8). Despite our many flaws, Christ deposited his complete trust in us by incorporating us into his Mystical Body and made us collaborators with him in building up the economy of salvation. Trust is what makes us potential heirs of each other. Since we are all heirs of God and coheirs with Christ it is only natural, out of complete love for us. Christ would entrust us with his sacred goods to invest them and to help him grow the economy of salvation. Wow! Imagine mere mortals are instrumentally empowered to make the kingdom come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt.5:10). T
Love and trust offer their recipients glorious opportunities to build their self-esteem and to discover their intrinsic worth. Divine love and trust as demonstrated in Matthew 25:14-30 offered their inheritors the most wonderful opportunity to demonstrate that God never intended humankind to be useless creatures. At the dawn of their creation, God crowned humankind with glory and splendour, made them lords over the works of his hands and set all things under their feet (Ps.8:5-6). In other words, God entrusted all his talents to humankind; he made them his collaborators, by giving them the same mind with his Son Jesus Christ (1Cor.2:16). In other words, those who possess the gifts of the Holy Spirit, they have the mind of Christ.
Despite humankind’s fallen nature, God’s promise remains the same yesterday, today and forever. Thus, the parable of the talents reiterates God’s position. God, from the beginning bestowed divine talents upon humankind for investment into the economy of salvation with him. Only the conscientious ones among us will invest these talents wisely, others will forfeit their chances of becoming heirs of God, and coheirs with Christ through own negligence or temerity.
Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11 invites us to imitate the benevolence of our Lord and saviour. He invites us to love and trust others just as God and Christ loved us and gave us glorious opportunities to discover our self-esteem and our intrinsic worth as children of God in the world. Our gifts and talents are a reflection of God’s love for us and the level of trust he deposited in us. Our response and our stewardship should reciprocate that love and trust.
O God, use me as an instrument of your love to empower others to discover the gifts and talent hidden within that they may become valid contributors to the economy of salvation just as you intended them to be.