‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’
The readings in this final week of Ordinary Time, Year A, remind us again of the need to be always prepared for the coming of Christ by the way we live our lives.
In the first reading, the writer extols the virtues of the perfect wife. Although using language that reflects the practice and culture of biblical times, the passage speaks powerfully of manual labor’s value and dignity, charity’s importance, and respect for all, whatever their role in life.
The Psalm speaks again of the dignity of work, being self-sufficient, providing for one’s family, and living in awe of the Lord.
St. Paul reminds us in the second reading that if we live our lives in the light of Christ, we do not need to fear the coming of the reign of God.
In the Gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the talents to show the importance of making the best use of what we have been given for the benefit of others.
This week, let us pray for those who struggle to realize where their talents lie and those who lack the opportunity to be recognized, valued, and celebrated.
Joy and peace.