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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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August 31st, 2013
Christine Prissel
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[430] 1 Thess 4:9-11
Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9
Matt 25:14-30. 

In Today’s reading we are challenged to love one another and to continue to strive to live out a holy life. In the gospel today we hear about a master who entrusted some of his talents to his servants. After he gave them the talents he left. The master gave no instructions, nor did the master stay to guide or to watch what each of the servants did with the talents. This master must have believed he taught his servants well enough that they knew what to do with the talents after he left. The first and second servant went out and doubled the talents the mater gave to them. The third servant hid his talent, for protection due to fear, and then returned the same talent the master gave to him.

I believe all of us have been given talents by God for the betterment of this world. I have a strong desire to live out God’s will for me and to share His love. However, fear is a powerful force. For me, it is easy to become fearful of using the talents God has blessed me with, for this involves risks and (sometimes) challenges.

Currently, I am beginning my last year as an undergraduate at Creighton University. Discerning how the talents I have been given can best be multiplied and shared to spread God’s love and better this world is daunting. I become nervous of what is and will be expected out of me, if I allow all of my talents to shine. However, I am able to find peace through this reading. This reading is a reminder for me to continue to pray, discern and listen for what God wants me to do with the talents He has given me. It would be easy for me to live a life not using my talents and instead live my life keeping all of my talents for myself.

Thankfully, God has blessed me with a heart and spirit to love Him /Her because of this I find the strength every day to pray, listen and discern how best I can use the talents She /He has given me to better this world. Right now, this means putting my completely faith and trust in God to lead me on the next steps after undergraduate year.

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