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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 25, 14-30

'It is like a man about to go abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them.

To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one, each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out on his journey.

The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more.

The man who had received two made two more in the same way.

But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.

Now a long time afterwards, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them.

The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. "Sir," he said, "you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made."

His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have shown you are trustworthy in small things; I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master's happiness."

Next the man with the two talents came forward. "Sir," he said, "you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made."

His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have shown you are trustworthy in small things; I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master's happiness."

Last came forward the man who had the single talent. "Sir," said he, "I had heard you were a hard man, reaping where you had not sown and gathering where you had not scattered;

so I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back."

But his master answered him, "You wicked and lazy servant! So you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered?

Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have got my money back with interest.

So now, take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the ten talents.

For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but anyone who has not, will be deprived even of what he has.

As for this good-for-nothing servant, throw him into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth."


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This parable concludes the reading of Matthew. Obviously the commitment to be vigilant, that the Lord asks us, does not end. Today the Gospel speaks of a man who summons three slaves and entrusts his property to them. His faith in them is absolute, so much so that he entrusts a large sum of talents to each of them. A talent was an enormous sum; it was equal to about 100 pounds of gold. To the first he entrusts five talents; to the second, two; and to the third, one. Between the time of the owner’s departure and return, the three slaves must bear fruit with what has been given to them. The first doubles his amount. The second does the same. The third though, digs a hole in the earth and hides his talent. When the owner returns, the first and second slaves receive praise and compensation. The third gives back the talent he had received. That talent, those talents are life, our concrete lives, our everyday lives, which unfold in our encounters with brothers and sisters and the world. Life, relationships, our days and our commitment are the responsibilities given to each of us so that from them we can bear fruit. We are all given according to our abilities. This means that everyone is not given an equal amount. To whom much has been given (and the ways to receive are so many, including the gift of faith) much more will be asked. But the words of the Gospel tell us also that no one is incapable of bearing fruit in life, even if one has just one talent. In waiting for the return of the Lord, let us commit ourselves to live with love and we will receive just recompense. Even in this case, fear causes the slave to lose the talent. How many times have we lost everything because of the fear of making a mistake; believing we are fine just because we give back the gift as we have received it? This is not enough. Fear does not make us trust in the mercy of God who is so much greater even than our mistakes. The talent is a gift, extraordinary and underserved, from God who entrusts us with so much—to each according to his or her abilities and to everyone, something. Not to invest it means to lose it. Again: those who want to save their own life will lose it. “If it is the fear of making mistakes that hinders us, we need to think that we can get up and keep on going. Those who do not walk because they do not want to make a mistake make the greatest mistake,” said Pope Francis.