He called in his servants and handed his funds over to them according to each one's abilities.
It is wonderful to pause today to remember that Jesus has entrusted to us - put us in charge of - tremendous resources. For us who are baptized into him, they are truly his resources. It is good to remember that I probably don't fully appreciate what I have been given, and therefore, what I have to invest. And I probably don't fully appreciate the gifts that others around me have, and what resources they might be able to share.
Every time is the right time
My brothers, there is a time for sowing and a time for harvesting, a time for peace and another for war, a time for labor and another for rest (cf. Eccl 3). But all times are right and every journey is worthwhile for the salvation of the soul, at least if we wish it to be. Therefore, let us always be moving towards the good, ready to move, full of eagerness, putting words into deeds. For, says the apostle Paul, “it is not those who hear the law who are just in the sight of God; rather, those who observe the law will be justified” (Rom 2:13)… Is this the time for spiritual warfare? Then we should fight vigorously and pursue with God’s aid the devilish thoughts that rise up inside us. If, on the other hand, it is time for spiritual harvest, we should enthusiastically gather in the crops and collet together into spiritual barns provisions for eternal life…
1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7; Matthew 24:42-51
Two verses in the first two readings jump out at me. The first, “God is faithful,” (1 Cor. 1: 9) and the second, “His greatness is unsearchable (Ps. 145: 3). I take great comfort in both sentiments, especially as preparation for the harsh reality of today's Gospel.
I believe that God IS faithful, but sometimes I forget. I know that I am not always faithful to God, and I project my ways of behaving upon God. Thankfully, our ways are not God’s ways, and over and over again God repeats and demonstrates faithfulness to his children, no matter their behavior. God's faithfulness and love know no bounds.