Responsibility in making one's talents work

The Lord expects to see his treasure well administered; and he expects a return commensurate with what he has received. The reward is immense: this parable teaches that the much here, of our life on earth, is little in relation to the reward of Heaven. This is how the first two servants in the parable of the talents acted: they put into play the talents they had received and with them gained as much. Therefore, each of them was able to hear from the lips of his Lord these words: Very well, good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things; enter into the joy of your Lord. They made the best bargain: to gain eternal happiness.The goods of this life, even if they are many, are always little in relation to what God will give to his own.

The third of the servants, by contrast, buried his talent in the ground, he did not bargain with it: he wasted his time and did not profit. His life was full of omissions, of opportunities not taken advantage of, of material goods and time wasted.He presented himself before his Lord empty-handed.His existence was a useless living in relation to what really mattered: he may have been busy with other things, but he did not carry out what was really expected of him.

To bury the talent that God has entrusted to us is to have the capacity to love and not have loved; to be able to make happy those who are close to us (we all can) and leave them in sadness and unhappiness; to have goods and not do good with them; to be able to lead others to God and waste the opportunity that sharing the same work, the same task presents. ...; to be able to make the weekends productive to cultivate sincere friendship, to give oneself to the other members of the family, and to let oneself be carried away by comfort and selfishness in a poorly planned rest; to have left in mediocrity one's own interior life destined to grow....It would be sad indeed if, looking back, we were to contemplate a great avenue of lost opportunities; if we were to see unproductive the capacity that God has given us, because of laziness, laziness or selfishness.We want to serve the Lord; indeed, it is the only thing that matters to us.Let us ask the Lord to help us to bear fruits of holiness: of love and sacrifice. And let us be convinced that it is not enough, it is not enough, to "do no evil", it is necessary to "negotiate the talent", to do good positively.

For the student, to make the talents yield means to study conscientiously, taking advantage of the time with intensity - without foolishly deceiving oneself with the idleness of others -, gaining the necessary professional prestige with constancy, day by day, in such a way that, leaning on it, he can lead others to God. For the professional, for the housewife, to make the talents yield will mean to carry out an exemplary, intense work, in which punctuality, the effective performance of the hours, is kept in mind.In a particular way, God will ask us to account for those whom, by various titles, he has placed in our care.St. Augustine says that he who is in charge of his brothers and does not care for them is like a scarecrow, foenus custos, a guardian of straw, who does not even serve to keep away the birds that come and eat the grapes

Let us examine today the quality of our study or our professional work, whatever it may be.Let us ask the Lord for light so that, if necessary, we can react firmly, with the help of his grace, which will not be lacking.

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