The parable of the Three men and the way they used their resources reminds us of our gifts.
We have unique gifts. No one can do exactly what I can do, this is so because we are unique human beings.
Each one of us is called by God to be partners with Jesus in his mission. Each one of us has a vocation.
St Paul uses the example of the body with its many parts as a metaphor of the Church.
Just as each part of the body has a unique role, so have we.
Fear stopped the man with one talent from using his gift. He buried it! He hid this talent, his gift.
Fear can also immobilise us.
What if I make a mistake?
What will others think of me!
To invest my gifts takes work and effort; do I want to do this?
Am I good enough?
Do I believe in myself?
Am I as good as others?
Am I a fraud?
God believes in you, in us.
Since God believes in us, God empowers us. We are not alone. When God calls us to do something God will empower us.
We can help each other discover our gifts. Sometimes others can see in us what we do not see in ourselves.
Tell your family members, your friends, others, the good in them and the gifts that you see in them.
There is also accountability about using our gifts.
Bad things often happen because good people do not act, do nothing.
When I sit on the fence and do not speak out, I can facilitate bad things to happen.
At Baptism we are called to be prophets. Prophets speak the truth, and to do so not just when it is easy but also when it is not easy.
Making a stand for justice, for the poor, for the dignity of life in all its stages, the environment etc. are all examples of using our gifts and talents in the pursuit of ‘The Greater Good’.
We are part of a community called to be partners with Jesus in his mission. We do not fulfil this mission by doing nothing.
Do not just be good, be good for something!