33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Lord gives us talents and asks us to use them in his service
Grant us we pray, O Lord our God,
the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full of lasting happiness.
Today’s readings are for us – we who live in the ‘in-between times’ between the Lord’s Resurrection and his Second Coming.
Convinced that the Last Day would occur within their own lifetime, the first Christians are counselled by St Paul (Second Reading) always to be prepared, since they cannot know the hour.
Similarly, St Matthew (Gospel) encourages those same early Christians, who wondered how best to live in the days before Jesus’s return in glory. Both writers urge them simply to wait, confidently, in the light, while being faithful to their daily responsibilities.
Today’s Psalm reminds us of the joys that come from such faithful service, while the author of the First Reading, using the analogy of a good wife, shows that the book of Proverbs is the best place to look for advice on using one’s talents in a fruitful, practical way.
Let us pray, this week, for greater devotion to the Lord, and the awareness that, already, we have a share in the Master’s happiness.
She holds out her hand to the poor, she opens her arms to the needy. First Reading
You will be happy and prosper. Responsorial Psalm
Whoever remains in me bears fruit in plenty. Gospel Acclamation
Come and join in your master’s happiness! Gospel
This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further: Proverbs 31:10–13, 9–20,30–31; Psalm 127 (128); I Thessalonians 5: 1–6; Matthew 25:14–30