14. Nov, 2017

Thirty-third Sunday in Moora Parish

Putting Our Talents to Work

When we give of ourselves and use our talents, we share the life of God. As this life increases, our charity grows. 

Confirmation in Jurien Bay

This second last Sunday reminds us not only of the end of the liturgical year, but also of the end of all things earthly and of the preparations we need to make to reach heaven. 

We use our special gifts and talents to make these preparations until that day when we hear Our Lord say: “Well done, my good and faithful servant! Come and share the joy of your master.” So, let’s talk about the gift you are going to receive today.

Through confirmation you are going to receive the Holy Spirit just like the Apostles did on the day of Pentecost. You will be given the power to use fully the gift of new life that you received in Baptism, so your life may be of the Spirit, giving witness to the life Jesus. As you have learned how the Saints lives were directed by the Holy Spirit, so you are called to share God’s love with the world.

Through Confirmation the love of God poured into your hearts at baptism will be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You will be conformed to Christ (become more like Jesus), and will be made full members of his Church.

Those gifts are to make the Church holy and one which now will become your responsibility. By the influence of the Holy Spirit you will come to know the wisdom of God in all its richness to build up the Church. That is why, what the Church builds up on earth, is also bound in heaven. It is not that we are doing the building, rather we are using the gifts that God gives us, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, courage, reverence and fear of the Lord are wonderful. But it is the fruits of the Spirit that we want, because fruit is something we all enjoy. The fruits that result from the sharing of our gifts are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Everyone enjoys these things.

Things like hatred, strife, jealousy, anger, fighting, dissensions, factions, envy – do we like these things? These are the rotten fruits of a life without God. I enjoy myself much more when people are good to me; when they are loving, joyful, and patient with me…when they are kind to me. When you contrast these fruits of a good and bad spirit, it is clear how wonderful the life of the Spirit is.

My dear brothers and sisters, you are about to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was himself anointed by the Holy Spirit in the baptism he received from John. Then the Spirit sent him forth to complete his work by pouring out the fire of God’s love upon the earth, ending in our salvation.

You who are already baptized will shortly receive the power of his Spirit and be signed with his Cross on your foreheads. But first, I ask you to call to mind the faith which you professed in Baptism or which your parents and godparents professed with the Church.

LifeLink Launch in Moora

This second last Sunday reminds us not only of the end of the liturgical year, but also of the end of all things earthly and of the preparations we need to make to reach heaven. 

The theme of the three readings is an invitation to live in such a way that we make the best use of the talents God has given us, so that at the hour of our death Our Lord will say: “Well done, my good and faithful servant! Come and share the joy of your master.” 

The 1st reading suggests that, like a faithful wife, every disciple should be diligent and industrious in the use of our God given talents and gifts. This fidelity is the hallmark of true wisdom. The “fear of the Lord” (as we heard in the psalm) is its beginning. Through faithful perseverance in the holy fear of God we will share in the reward of wisdom; of putting our talents to work. It’s not for nothing. The reward is sharing in the joy of our master in heaven.  

In the 2nd reading Paul advises us to keep awake and be sober so to avoid dissipating our gifts and talents. We are to live by the light of Christ whilst waiting for the “Day of the Lord.” Like last week’s Gospel, vigilance is the key.

This week’s Gospel challenges us to ask the questions: Are we using our talents and gifts primarily to serve God? Are we doing everything we can to carry out God’s will? God has given to us for us to share. And this is to our advantage. The more we put our gifts to use through giving, the more we increase in what we have been given. Giving is the key to receiving. The more we give, the more we share in the joy of our master. 

Turning our thoughts to the Lifelink Christmas appeal we see many people doing everything they can for God’s kingdom according to their abilities and talents. The list of the agencies that promote God’s kingdom here and now are:

Samaritan Projects for emergencies or special needs; The Shopfront is a place where all people feel welcome.; Identitywa serves people with intellectual/multiple disabilities; Emmaus Community provides independent community living for adults with mental illness; Emmanuel Centre is a self-help centre for people with disabilities; Daydawn Advocacy Centre: An advocacy and support centre for Indigenous families; Centrecare provides counselling and family support; Djooraminda provides residential care for aboriginal children; Catholic Migrant Services helps migrants and refugees; Centacare Employment and Training provides training for the unemployed; and Catholic Ministry for People who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired help people with hearing difficulties.

Please give generously and support our local Catholic agencies who have put their talents to good work!

Reference: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/11/12/33rd_sunday_of_the_year_%E2%80%93_november_16,_2014/1110947