In today’s Gospel, we see a man generously handing out talents to his slaves. He gives, we are told, to each according to the ability of the slave. He does not give more or less, but bestows perfectly upon each slave that which can be managed well. When the master returns, two of the slaves are welcomed into the joy of this kind owner. The third one is too frightened to use the gift given and does nothing with it except hide it in the ground. The master is furious.
Each of us is given what we can use. We are not all given the same amount or the same talent. Some of us sing; others teach; still others heal. Sometimes an exceptional person might do all of these. As September approaches, I have been thinking about what I should do with my talents. How can I use my time well in order to bring God glory? I have also pondered in my heart the message that St. Francis received to return home and wait as God will reveal what is to be done. I won’t be like that third servant who hides in fear. I will wait as I continue to serve, discerning where God will call me this year to serve with the talents given.
What will you do to serve God as this new year begins?