The Catholic Calendar for Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
Revelation 4:1-11
Psalm 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6
Luke 19:11-28

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

To everyone who has, more will be given. (Luke 19:26)

In the parable of the gold coins we see what God’s servants do with the coins or “talents” He gives them. We learn that the faithful servants who make good use of their talents are given additional talents, which lead to their participation in the fullness of God’s Kingdom, but the lazy servants who waste their talents are excluded from it.

This parable comes to life here in the Motor City in these unimaginable times for the auto industry. Before month’s end, thousands of Big Three employees must decide whether to accept buyout offers or roll the dice and cling to jobs that may well be threatened anyway in the months to come. For some the decision is easy, but for most the normal work day has become a somber existence of indecision and uncertainty.

In the midst of such turmoil, I’ve discovered through the abilities of my coworkers why God distributes His talents so unevenly. I’ve seen older colleagues share their experiences with those in need of advice and encouragement and have heard the astute explain complicated retirement formulas to those who are frightened and confused. I’ve watched the compassionate console those emotionally shaken by the state of the company and have seen the well-off open their wallets to those whose financial burdens will soon become too much to bear.

In this same setting are those eager to make tracks at the end of the month with their openhanded offers, and rather than be a blessing in someone’s trial, have added to the strain by hiding their talents like the servant who kept his stored away in a handkerchief. To these Jesus promises, “Even what he has will be taken away.” (Luke 19:26)

The power of this parable through the brotherhood of my coworkers has taught me that instead of crossing these final days off my own calendar, I must strive every day, in every way, to share my talents with anyone who needs them. When I become even a slight answer to someone’s prayer, I become one of God’s faithful servants, which assures me that even in these unprecedented times, God will provide.

– Elizabeth A. Tichvon |


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