Sunday, November 15 at St. Francis Xavier Parish
We are only one Sunday away from the end of Church’s Liturgical Year as we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and reflect on the Gospel that presents us with the Parable of the Talents.
“The parable in today’s gospel follows immediately upon the parable we read last week. Both the parable of the wise and foolish virgins and the parable of the talents speak to the coming of the Lord on the last day. In each case there is a delay or an intervening time during which different characters in the story respond and react differently. In today’s story, the master entrusts money with three servants according to their ability. One receives five, another two, and the last, one. The first two invest the funds in a variety of activities and they both double the money entrusted to them. The third, however, buries the sole talent in the ground, depriving the master of the simple interest it would have earned if it had been deposited in a bank. Not surprisingly, the master is furious with the third servant.
The lesson from the parable has to do with the intervening time between the resurrection and the coming of Christ. How will the disciples (the servants) invest their own talents in service of the master? One must risk oneself to earn a reward. The investment of talent, skills, and gifts will generate returns. The miserable disciple who invests nothing of himself, but instead uses the time prior to the coming of the Lord merely to loaf around, will be punished. He is hardly worthy of the name servant (disciple). Interestingly, the reward for the first two is the same, “Come, share your master’s joy.” But the third is exiled.
Like last week’s parable, and many before, today’s story is an echo of the Matthean church, which had both weeds and wheat in its midst. There were industrious Christians, investing their talents and skills in the service of the Lord, and there were freeloaders, who risked nothing of themselves for God. It would be a mistake to read this parable in economic terms, endorsing a particular system or class of people. Instead, this parable is speaking to life in the church prior to the coming of Jesus: Am I a disciple who invests myself, my skills, and my talents for God? Or am I content to let others do that work? To those who invest themselves, Jesus says, “Come, share your master’s joy.”” (Living Liturgy 2020)
Congratulations to the 2 couples that will be married at our church this weekend and the couple that was married last Saturday. May the love that brought you together flourish and increase in the years to come in the sacrament of matrimony, service to each other and the Church community.
We are in the 4th week of the One Heart, One Soul Campaign that is currently taking place in numerous parishes in our Diocese. At the Masses this Sunday I will provide an update on how we are doing at this time, and we will also have a testimonial from one of our parishioners about the campaign. Thank you to all those who are participating in the campaign.
Our Society of St. Vincent de Paul invites us to take part in this year’s Jesse Tree (COVID-style) which supports their annual initiative to help families and individuals in need for Christmas. There are 2 clothes lines set up in the lobby of the church to choose gifts from. If you are not attending Mass in person at this time but would like to be involved, please visit the “Ministries” tab on the parish website and locate the page for St. Vincent de Paul to view the list of gifts available for purchase.
For those families with a student in Grade 7 who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year, please check your email for the registration form and some initial information which was sent out this week. If you have not received the email, please contact the parish office.
You are invited to join us for Sunday Mass this weekend! The 4pm Mass has had the most room available on average lately, and attending this Mass means that you have the best chance of getting a seat in the church itself. For those who are prevented from attending at this time, please click here to access the livestreamed 9AM morning Mass this Sunday.