November 19, 2017
God’s Generosity and Trust
For the third servant, the master is unreasonable.
The servant fails to appreciate the generosity and the trust his master has in him. Giving this third servant one talent is no small thing. It might be worth at least a million dollars.
Moreover, the master knows what his servants are capable of because he “entrusted his possessions to them – to each according to his ability.”
The master knows his servants, their abilities, and he trusts them.
Yet, the third servant considers him “unreasonable.”
Do I trust that God knows me, after all, it was God who “You formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139: 13).
And God trusts me with God’s divine life in Jesus Christ.
Let us pray for the courage, wisdom, trust, and generosity to share this incredible gift of God’s generosity.
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November 11, 2017
Five Are Foolish, Five Are Wise
A few weeks ago, we listened to another wedding parable, with a king inviting guests to his son’s wedding (Matthew 22: 1-10). In that parable, the invited guests refused to come. The king then sent his servants out to “invite to the feast whomever [they] find. The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike.”
In today’s parable, both the wise and the foolish virgins are included in the wedding.
God does not discriminate in his invitation.
It is up to us to respond.
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November 4, 2017
Giving Oneself In Service
Today, we hear St. Paul expresses his love for the Christian community of Thessalonica, “We were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children. With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us.”
Paul learned that from Jesus, who practiced what he preached and was the servant of those he loved.
As we celebrate and receive Jesus, who continues to give himself to us in his life-giving words and his Body and Blood, may we learn to give “our very selves” in loving service of our brothers and sisters.
October 28, 2017
“Be Imitators of the Lord”
In the 2nd reading, Paul instructs the Thessalonians, “You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit, so that you became a model for all the believers.”
In other words, Paul summarizes the progression of the Christian life. He and his companion imitated the Lord. The Thessalonian Christians imitate them . Those Christians then become the models for others to imitate.
Then in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the program of the Christian life, the program that he is the ultimate model for us to imitate: the two-fold commandment of love.
 Similarly, he wrote to the Corinthians, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
October 21, 2017
What Belongs to God
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
The question is, “What belongs to Caesar that does not belong to God?”
The fact is everything belongs to God, beginning with the life we have.
Even Caesar’s power, in the eyes of faith, comes from God.
While legitimate civil authorities have their roles in our lives, in the good running of a country and of the world, to them belongs nothing that does not come from God.
Then, how does Jesus’ instruction guide or challenge me in how I set priorities of my life?
October 14, 2017
The Wedding Feast for the King’s Son
Imagine myself as one of the guests in the parable. I am invited – by the king, to “the wedding feast for his son.”
Would I say no?
It’s unthinkable to say no to a king. Period.
And for such an occasion – the wedding feast for the king’s son, certainly it is a privilege of the few to be invited.
And when I am invited, how would I get ready for it? With what attitude and excitement would I find myself going into the feast?
Today, God invites me to such a feast – the Eucharist.
Does this parable challenge me to evaluate how I approach the wedding feast of the Lamb of God?
October 7, 2017
To Produce Fruits
This is the third vineyard parable that we listen to consecutively.
For the first vineyard parable, we reflected on the privilege of working in God’s vineyard. It is the vineyard owner himself who continues to invite us, “Go into my vineyard.”
The second parable affirmed the dignity that God has given to us. We are no longer hired laborers, but children and heirs. Our inheritance is the vineyard, given to us by God our Father.
And today’s parable reminds us that the vineyard does not belong to us. God, in God’s generosity, has given it to us as our inheritance. It is indeed a privilege to work in God’s vineyard.
This privilege comes with a responsibility, “to produce fruits.”
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