Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
I Thessalonians 1:1-6
Matthew 25: 14-30
What if just coming to Mass we were all given a million dollars? Yes, I mean everyone, all those visiting, and all those who are still checking us out, and of course all those who have been members for a while. In a spiritual sense anytime we celebrate the Eucharist we are given a million dollars’ worth of Jesus Christ and even more. If we really understood this “Would it be enough for you to come back next week? Would you come back next week with more money?” As the Church year comes to an end, “What are we doing with all that God has given us?” What will we do with it?
In our first reading, we hear about a worthy wife. It is a beautiful reading which is often read at a woman’s funeral. I am not going to wait until a funeral, so I want to thank all the wives and women who are living this way. To all the husbands you would do well and dust off your bibles and find this passage and thank God for your wives in the name of God. So what is this woman that Proverbs is talking about in this reading? This woman is praised for her resourcefulness to her family and in her community. She is praised not because she has so much to do but because how she does these things “With the fear of the Lord.” This ideal wife becomes all that God wanted her to be, and this image can be expanded to be all of us. What are we be called to be?
In our Gospel, we hear of three servants who are each given a large sum of money. The only instructions are they are being trusted with the master’s money, and he tells them he will return someday. Two of the servants love the master and want to be like him, and they do all they can to give back to the master all that he has given them. When the master returns and these two servants have produced more they are told, “Come, share in your master’s joy.” The third servant fears the master and thinks the master is demanding, so he simply returns the money to him, not even investing any of it to make more. This servant is sent to eternal darkness.
We gather to answer the question, “What will we do with the million dollars that God is giving us right now?” Are we becoming all that God wants us to be? We desire to hear God say to us, “Good work good and faithful servant.”