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.
Even when I am stretched and learn new skills - becoming a better listener, changing a long standing pattern and discovering a new ability, taking a risk that pays off many times over - the inspiration and gift is from the Lord. Whether we are practicing better patience, greater self-confidence and courage, fuller chastity, deeper generosity, these are all fruits of his Spirit - given to us for the benefit of all, for the building up of the Body of Christ.
help us to receive and come to appreciate the gifts you give us, to develop further and to share with others.
Help us to be more generous, risky, free.
Inspire us to see and trust your gifts in others.
Let us all call forth the gifts of others in our communities.
May we all one day be gathered to share your joy.
By Andy Alexander