33rd Sunday of Year A

QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012

6Duration: 5:44 mins

"What does it mean to be productive with the Lord's wealth? How do we avoid the fate of the wicked and lazy servant and indeed how do we store up spiritual treasure in heaven? All saints are saved and perfectly happy but some have been made capable of even greater happiness than others.  In a society accustomed to high levels of material production, it might appear that we have to have productive spiritual lives as well, perhaps generating a certain number of prayers or good deeds. But such an interpretation cannot be correct. There are many saints who seem to accomplish very little during their life times. The thief on the cross beside Jesus did nothing except beg for mercy, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom", for which action Jesus promised him paradise that very day. St Aloysius Gonzage died as a Jesuit novice at the age 23 without even reaching ordination; St Thérèse of Lisieux died at age of 24 and only wrote 1 short book. Many other saints die in infancy, having received baptism but apparently producing nothing in this world. What then does it mean to be productive with the Lord's wealth? A clue to an answer can be seen in the way that the other servants double their master's wealth in this parable... The true work of the Christian is to be conformed to Christ, to become like Christ.'

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