As we approach the final weeks of the Church year, we read the last parable Jesus taught. It’s not only the final parable, but it is also one of the longest and most detailed. In this Gospel story, we hear about a man going away on a journey. He entrusts to his servants some possessions according to their ability. Those more capable are given more. The two who are more capable go out and double what they have been given. The third servant buried his talent to keep it safe but therefore it gained nothing. What we must realize, however, is that we are not talking about money and prestige. We are talking about God’s gift to us and God’s expectations. The basic teaching seems to tell us that we are to use everything that is given us in the best way possible - this is what God expects. All of us in the Church today have received at least one talent. We have received the gift of Faith. Our responsibility as a follower of Faith is not just to hold on to the Faith. Pope Francis encourages us to live our faith and not to bury it. And he reminds us, all the goods that we have received are to be shared with others, and thus they increase.
It is good for us to ask how we are increasing what God has given us. How do we share our faith, our joy, our hope and our love, our life with others? We need to make use of our talents at every opportunity. In addition to our homes and families, the best place to do this is in our parish, work situation and the wider community. This means that we should be always willing to share our abilities when we see a need - in creative worship in the Church liturgies and other parish activities. And let us remember time is more valuable than money. We can get more money, but we cannot get more time. Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the only thing that shouldn’t be wasted. Let us use our time effectively. God has given us talents. He trusts us to use them wisely. Let us decide how best to use our gifts for building the kingdom of God.
Congratulations and thanks....
I would like to extend my Congratulations to our boys and girls who received their First Holy Communion last weekend and those making their First Communion this weekend, in total 47 children. You have taken an important step in your journey of faith by readying yourselves to be fully initiated into the Body of Christ. I would like to offer a special word of thanks to all those who helped prepare the children for these special days. In particular, thank you to our parish sacramental coordinator Christine for coordinating. Thanks also to Lisa for her administrative support. And of course an enormous amount of credit needed to be given to our teachers for preparing the candidates so well, special thanks to David White, Megan Burke for the great work and wonderful contribution in preparing the children for this significant step in their faith journey and I remember everyone involved in this celebration. I thank the parents and family for your dedication in preparing the children and sharing your faith. Your efforts are much appreciated by the whole community of St. Mary Mackillop Catholic Parish.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil.