From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 1, 2012
“The people the Lord has chosen to be his own.” Who are these people? First thought might be priests or nuns. Second thought could be the people we see in our lives as very religious or those we think are better than us. Finally we may think of ourselves. We are all sons and daughters of God, God’s chosen ones. We each must consider our own calling from God. God has chosen the homeless man on the street, the worker in the grocery store, the student at a university, the stay-at-home mother, the doctor, the businessman, the priest, the nun. God has chosen YOU. How will you -and I- respond to this call?
When I first read the first reading and then the Gospel, I thought they were contradicting each other, and I became confused. The first reading talks about the foolish, weak, and lowly being chosen by God to shame the wise, strong, and those who are seen by the world as something. Then in the Gospel the parable of the talents shows the man who does not used his talents to multiply them is “thrown into the darkness outside where there will be grinding of teeth.” At first glance it seems that this man was being foolish, just as God is calling us to be in the first reading. The men who multiplied their talents can be seen as wise, strong, and worth something, yet their master praises them. The key difference to recognize is in the meaning of the word foolish. To be foolish in the first reading means to be humble and lowly. This does not speak of DOING foolish things, rather living foolishly, according to society, for God. The man with one talent was acting foolish in the sense of the term that we readily recognize, meaning unwise, ridiculous. The challenge presented to us today is to be foolish, but to be foolish in the sense of the first reading, to be foolishly in love with God but not to act foolish. Be humble, but do not foolishly and selfishly keep what blessings God grants you to yourself. Rather openly share God’s love with the world.
Lord, guide our hearts to humbly recognize ourselves as your chosen ones and to accept your love and to share it with the world.
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