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Gospel Reflection for November 19

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

November 19, 2017 — Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 25:14-30
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about three servants whose master entrusted them with funds to invest. Two servants worked hard and were rewarded. The third did nothing and was punished. God expects us to use our talents well, ever mindful that we will be accountable in the judgment at the end of our days.

When I was in the seminary almost fifty years ago, learning how to celebrate Mass, I was told: “Celebrate each Mass as if it were your first, or your last.” Thinking of the first and the last can be a good way to make the most of our talents, and so prepare for judgment.

Just three weeks ago the Sunday Gospel proclaimed the commandments of love for God and neighbor. Jesus has given us the greatest way to express our love for God: holy Mass. We should pray each Mass as if it were the first Mass with Jesus and the Apostles at the Last Supper. We should pray each Mass as if it were our last, with the end of Mass being the end of our days, so that we’d see Jesus face to face after the closing hymn. This could help us invest our time at Mass well and receive the best dividends possible.

The second great commandment, to love our neighbor as ourselves, is sometimes hard to keep. We can be helped in our efforts to love by thinking about first and last. Husbands and wives should think about the day they first met, and the feelings they had for each other. Parents should think often about the day each child was born and remember their feelings of love for that child. We should all consider how we might feel at the grave side of relatives and friends, or how we’d feel if we were dying and could no longer be here on earth with our loved ones. Such considerations can help us invest the days God gives us so well that they bring eternal rewards.

Our Blessed Mother often remembered the birth of Jesus. She must frequently have looked forward to the moment when she would enter heaven and embrace Jesus in that home where love endures forever. May we love Jesus as she does, and may she pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

Read last week's reflection.