THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME, YAER A.
Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30.
19th November 2017.
On this 33rd Sunday, the church prepares us for the final judgement of God. The parable of the Talents serve as the true state of affairs when we approach the judgement throne of God. Each of us will give answers on how we have utilized the various gifts and privileges bestowed on us by the ever loving creator. Β There shall be no room for excuses because the talents were distributed with the utmost equity and justice: To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability.
The reality of the love of God is ever present in the way He deals with us. The talents were shared based on the ability of everyone to yield results. There is no room for wastages. There is urgent need for results. The assessment is based on the results. The playing ground of life and reality provide equal opportunities to invest and yield results. He gives us his grace in order to foresee any eventuality. God has given us the grace against all odds, hence we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober.
The man who buried his talents is identified as wicked and lazy because he failed to utilize his opportunity. His reasons were according to him; I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. His fear is not grounded in jealousy, rather on the inability to identify with the power and love of God. The will to succeed is grown by learning, observing, and by imitation. He failed to use any of these opportunities. He blamed his inability to the perceived crookedness of the master. He was embolden by blame to conceal his inability.
The cure to inability is not blame. Blame is a sign of fear. The fear factor is the greatest obstacle in life. But it can always be conquered through observing others, imitating others and by humbly learning from others. Blaming has never solved any problem. It diverts attention from failures and inabilities. Blame is different from criticism. The latter exposes the wrong channeling of ability, while the former diverts and conceals inability. St. Paul warns that as long as we keep diverting attentions and making excuses, the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.