November 15, 2020
It must be the American in me, but when I hear today’s Gospel parable of the talents, my thoughts always wander to just how much a talent was. Did it have a set amount or was this a figure of speech used by Our Lord as part of the lesson he was trying to teach? According to the Bible Dictionary, a talent was a coin worth a large sum of money that varied dependent on what metal composed the coin. In other words, a talent made of gold was worth more than one composed of copper. But no matter what was the composition of the coin, it possessed great value. This was not petty cash.
The master was interested in making profit from these sums of money, so he gave each servant an amount suited to his ability as a test of their ingenuity and industry. As we know 2 servants passed the test while the 3rd one failed.
A popular interpretation for this story casts the word “talent” according to its popular, contemporary definition as an ability one possesses. In this line of thought, one who develops his or her talents is praised by God, the Master, while the one who hides his talent is condemned. This is as good as the story goes. But why would the Church read this story now, as we are moving along to the end of the Church Year? Perhaps the answer to this lies, not in the sum of money as much as what is done with it. The 2 servants gambled with a large sum of money they could have lost, while the 3rd servant kept his share of the money safe. The master praised the initiative of the 2 servants because they made more profit. The question then is: If those 2 servants were shrewd in earthly matters, why can we not be clever and astute concerning our spiritual life? What new initiative have I shown this past year with regard to my spiritual life? Am I making efforts to explore new ways of prayer or taken on service for others I never approached before? Jesus is looking for us to do something to better ourselves, to take initiative for entrance into the eternal happiness that is our destiny as God’s children. Are we up to the challenge?
God has been good to us throughout the past few years and especially this past year through the We Give Catholic initiative. This is a huge assist in the operation of our apostolate of Catholic Education at St. Albert the Great at Assumption Academy, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all who make this success possible.
This year, I would like to use this initiative as a way to raise money for the restoration of our church. We have the money from Rooted in Faith, but we need to add to this amount if we are to undertake this project that has waited for many years now. Some of the work we envision, such as the ceiling and the floor, have been untouched for 51 years.
We have been blessed by 2 donors who committed to a $50,000 gift to serve as a catalyst for this effort. One donor is for the school and one towards the church restoration. This is good news and a great opportunity for our parish as a whole. Let’s try to match these most generous gifts with our contributions. Thank you for being part of something good and making good things happen at Assumption.