November 15, 2020
Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time A
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-31
We have a seemingly confusing set of images places before us in the readings for this Sunday. A worthy wife…a thief in the night…and a lazy servant! At first it seems to be a mixed batch of unrelated topics. But of course, the Church has a reason for uniting them. The readings blend together in a marvelous way to teach us about how to live life well. So, to begin with, let’s pull some lessons out of these readings: We are to be people of loving service [1st reading], who are aware and ready for God [2nd reading], and who use the gifts we have been given with courage and ingenuity [Gospel reading]. All of this is done for the glory of God and the care of His people. The beautiful image of the “worthy wife” from the Book of Proverbs reveals the importance of responding to the daily needs of others. It is God’s Wisdom that teaches us to know how to do this well. St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians reminds us that, no matter when Christ comes for us, we need to be ready, alert and “sober”, meaning that we are paying attention. Again, it is God’s Wisdom that helps us to know what is worth waiting for, and what to focus on in life as we wait for God. Finally, in the Gospel, Jesus graphically shows that we need to work hard and thoughtfully on our spiritual life. Our lives are meant to be moving toward God and one another. We take what we are given [and we are all given something unique to us, thus , in the parable, there are three different amounts of ‘talents’ given to the three servants] and we invest our energy, time and care so that we may become the people God created us to be. Merely standing still out of laziness, selfishness or fear [like that third servant] leads us to waste the precious gift of our life given to us by God. We make ourselves poorer. And once again, it is God’s Wisdom that inspires and strengthens us in our decisions of how we can move forward toward Him. So, our theme this week comes down to the reality of God’s Wisdom, our response in service to others, our readiness for His entry into our lives, and our part in helping to build His Kingdom by using the gifts He has given us in the best possible way. This means we have a lot to do! Let’s do it very well.