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Ten Talents

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Matthew 25:14-30 New American Bible

Matthew 25:14-30 Bible Gateway New International Version


“But the man who received one talent dug a hole in the ground and buried it.”


In this story Jesus tells about a master giving three servants a different number of talents (money). One servant was given 5 talents. Another was given 2 talents. The third and last servant was given 1 talent. At the end of the time, the master came to check on the servants to see how much money they had made for him. The first servant had doubled his money and handed his master 10 talents. The second servant had doubled his money and handed his master, four talents. When the master got to the third servant and asked what the servant had for him. The servant said, “I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the ground. Here is the one talent you gave me. Now, the master was upset. He took the talent away from the servant who had not used it. Then, he gave it to the servant who had made good use of his five talents. The person who had one talent, now has none.

God has given us many talents. He expects us to use every single talent he gives us. What are your talents? Do not compare yourself with other people. Compare yourself with what God gave to you and how you are using it. Are you sharing it with others, or are you keeping it to yourself. Are you afraid to use a skill God has given you? Are you afraid if you share your skill, you will be left with nothing. I assure you, that when you share a skill with someone you always end up with more. When someone shares with you, they leave a little of themselves with you, and take a little of you and add it to themselves. It’s a trade. You still have what you had before plus you have what the other person left with you...this makes you very rich.

My grandfather was a very quiet man. I asked him why he was so quiet. He said, “I know what I know. When I listen to another person, I still have my knowledge, plus I learn what the other person knows. It makes me twice as smart.” 

 The expression, “If you don’t use it, you will lose it,” may have come from this story. Anyone who doesn’t use their legs to walk, after a long time, they may not be able to walk. When someone is operated on, they try to get them up and moving again as soon as possible. If you learn a language, but do not speak it or write it, you will probably forget it. If you learn to play the guitar one year, and you do not pick up a guitar to play it again until ten years later, chances are you might not remember how to play it.

Take account of what your talents are...when you use them, they multiply. Each time you use a talent, you get another to add to your collection.  When you do not use them, they lose them.

If your talent is drawing, then draw. If your talent is straightening up the house, then straighten up the house. If your talent is helping others, then help others. Hold the door, carry a box, fluff up a pillow, wash the dishes, and/or pray for others. Remember, the good you do for others will come back to you. What goes around, comes around. When you use your talents to help others, those people will use their talents to help you. Everyone becomes richer on earth. God will be so pleased and he will bless you with more talents and a place right by his side inside the pearly gates of heaven.

 Say the “Our Father” to ask God to give you the talent you need to live today...your daily bread...your daily talent.   


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”



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