Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
We have all been given an extraordinary array of talents and treasures, to share with others and to use to love God and the women, men and children that cross our paths each day. Like the servant in Jesus’ parable who received just one talent and buried it in the ground, I can keep these talents and treasures to myself, bound by the fears and hesitancies that nag me, the what ifs of life: “What if my Master doesn’t approve…”, “What if I lose my health, my comfort, my security…”, “What if they don’t like it or don’t want it…”, “ What if it’s actually a foolish waste of time…” . On the other hand, I can invest in any one of many possible ‘good’ things to do with the Good Gifts I have received from our heavenly Father. I can use my talents and treasure in a wide variety of ways to call others to the life, light and love of God: I can give generously of my time to volunteer in my community; I can accompany someone who is lonely ill, or depressed; I can reach out to a grieving family, encourage struggling artists and feed the hungry; I can always reach out, if only by prayer, to a person who has lost their way home to God our Father. Will I fearfully land hesitantly grasp to myself all the gifts God has made me to be, or will I generously use them for his purposes of love and life? Holy Spirit of God, help me use my talents generously and well.
O sing to the Lord a new song… Rejoice in the presence of the Lord!. (Psalm 98:1,9)
God loves a cheerful giver, Give it all you’ve got,
He loves to hear you laughing when you’re in an awkward spot,
When the odds line up against you, It’s time to stop and sing,
Praise God, to praise him is a joyous thing.
Sr. Miriam Therese Winter
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.