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'You have been trustworthy in a few things . . . enter into the joy of your master.' Sunday Reflections, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

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Woman Sewing, Van Gogh Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands [Web Gallery of Art]
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands (Proverbs 31:13, First reading).

Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)  GospelMatthew 25:14-30 [14-15, 19-21]  (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada)

Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents,to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
[The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents.

'To everyone who has will be given more . . .' Sunday Reflections, 33rd Sunday Year A

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The Parable of the Talents, 1712 woodcut
Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Gospel Matthew 25:14-30 (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)I have a young friend who has been gifted by God with more than average intelligence. I'll call her 'Rosa', though that's not her real name. She 'breezed' through all her examinations from kindergarten to college. She was involved in legitimate extra-curricular activities at school, without neglecting her studies. While studying, she would readily help other students prepare for exams. Most importantly, she recognises that she has a gift from God. She doesn't hide behind a false humility nor does she boast about herself. She is now working with persons who have suffered deeply from the sins of others.
'It is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talent…