My Dear Friends,
In today’s Gospel reading from St. Matthew (25: 14-30), Jesus gives us the Parable of the Talents. In the story, he gave three of his servants some talents (money) before he went on a long trip. To one, he gave 5 talents, to another he gave 2 talents, and to the last servant he gave 1 talent. The ones who received 5 and 2 talents worked hard and doubled their money, but the man who received only 1 talent buried his. When the master returned from his trip, he was quite pleased with those who doubled their talents, but he was not pleased at the one who simply buried his. The moral of the story is that each of us, as Christians, are called to develop the gifts God has given us, and then we are to share them abundantly – especially with those most in need.
This Thursday, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States of America. On this special day, we give thanks for all of the many blessings God has showered upon us. Not only do we live in a wonderful land, we have a beautiful parish filled with energy and joy and a super abundance of vibrant ministries. Truly, if any people on Earth should give thanks, it is we! I, personally, am thankful for the privilege of being your priest.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob