Saturday 30th August – Saturday of week 21 of the year

Reflections: Matthew 25: 14 – 30


When politicians seek re-election into political offices or aspire to higher political posts, it is common place to hear expressions like: “Tested and trusted”, “One good turn deserves another” etc. This clearly illustrates a truth: how well you have managed or are currently managing the resource or assignment committed to your hands determines how much can be further committed to your trust.

Despite our apparent knowledge of this truth we seem not to have imbibed the lesson therein. As our politicians seek our votes for re-election or political advancement so do we many times demand more from life with little or no result for that which it has already committed to our trust. Much as our politicians come up with excuses for non-performance or under-performance, so do we; for we are both products of the same society.

Today’s Gospel reading clearly tells us that God, the just rewarder surely entrusts more to only those that have proven themselves faithful in little matters. Promotion is a reward for well executed responsibilities.

Beloved, do you desire elevation in any area of life? Examine the way you execute seemingly little assignments of life. Heaven and earth appreciate dedication, honesty and excellence in “little things”. And he who is ineptitude in life’s minor assignments will surely be when the major duties call. The disciples of Christ were men dedicated to their secular work before our Lord called them; so was young David a dedicated shepherd before he was anointed king over Israel. In fairness to all, I believe God shall grant us all significant opportunities in life, though they may come in various forms. The big question is: would you and I have adequately prepared ourselves through life’s “minor” events to capitalize on the big opportunities? History will not mark us out for the numerous work averagely done but for thee few outstandingly executed.

PRAYER: Dear Father, you have called me the salt of the earth and light of the world. Please help me to give my best to all that you have committed to my trust that my life may honour you better. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 318 – What are vices?

Vices are negative habits that deaden and dull the conscience, incline a person to evil, and habitually prepare him for sin.

Human vices are found in connection with the capital sins of pride, avarice, envy, anger, lust, gluttony, and sloth (or acedia, spiritual boredom).

HIDE A TREASURE: “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” Matthew 25: 21 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: 1 Corinthians 1: 26-31; Psalm 33: 12-13, 18-21; Matthew 25: 14-30


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