Reflection from Fr. Taylor, November 19, 2017, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31    1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6    Matthew 25: 14-30

We have been given many gifts by the Lord. The big difference is some of us use these gifts abundantly while some of us hardly use them at all. Whenever we do this it really makes a difference and it has everything to do about our spiritual life and where we are with God. During this Thanksgiving time we begin to think about and reflect on how abundant those many gifts are.

The Gospel reminds us about the moral responsibilities in how we use the things that we have in this world. If we are not generous with them then we take a chance of losing out on the Lord’s Kingdom. During this time of year we think about giving to the needy and the poor. Most of what we give is from our abundant surplus. That which with we can usually do without, but even if we just have a small amount we can share that with others as well.

This year on the day after Thanksgiving there is a special event called Amen to Action where we all can volunteer down at the David Lawrence Convention Center to help pack a million meals for those poor among us. Then it is distributed to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and other organizations. This is a way to join others in helping those who least are among our brothers and sisters. This is what today’s Gospel is all about. Perhaps we should think in our own lives what are we doing with our talents, with our  gifts.



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