September 01, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez
Morning Mass at EDSA Shrine, Our Lady of Peace Quasi-Parish
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
14 "For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. 17 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, `Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' 21 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, `Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' 23 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, `Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 26 But his master answered him, `You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’
The Gospel tells us that we must do our duties and bear fruit according to our ability - the abilities that God has given us. We should seek for holiness, not through extraordinary means, but through everything that we do, no matter how ordinary it may seem. Maging santo tayo sa mga karaniwang ginagawa sa ating buhay. Holiness is not a special issue; holiness should be a common issue, not in the sense that it should be trivial, but in the sense that it is what God is expecting from each and everyone of us. No one should be left behind; all of us, each one of us, should strive for holiness, according to our abilities, according to the place where God wants us to be, according to what kind of job, activity or task that God has given us. Amen.