Nov. 19, 2017 - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
The writer of the book of Proverbs says that a worthy wife has value far beyond pearls. Pearls are very expensive. There are precious. They are prized possessions. Is it just a worthy wife that the writer is saying is so valuable?
Or could the writer be giving us an example? Could the writer also be talking about a worthy husband, or a worthy son or daughter, or even a worthy friend?
Love, appreciation, generosity, charm, helpfulness and kindness are all prized possessions. These characteristics are precious.
We all want that. We want to be that. I want to be a worthy pastor. I am not, but I want to be.
You want to be a worthy friend or a great wife or a treasured husband. Yes?
Yes, of course. In reality, maybe not so much, but deep inside that is what we want. There is a desire. Or at least there should be.
The Psalmist sings, blessed are those who walk in the ways of the Lord. They shall be fruitful.
We want to be fruitful. Better yet, Jesus wants us to be fruitful. That’s why he tells us the parable of the talents.
Jesus has called us and entrusted his possessions to us. Our children, our husbands, our wives, our parents, this parish church. These are very precious to the Lord.
So what do we do with these? This is very important. We have been entrusted with much. We cannot say peace and security. I will sit back and do nothing for everything has been taken care of for me.
No. We must be vigilant and take good care of the possessions Jesus has given to us. Of course we are not there yet. We are not yet worthy wives. We are not yet worthy husbands. We are not yet worthy friends. We are not yet worthy children. We are not yet worthy pastors.
But that’s no reason for us to stop trying. We are on our way and the effort we make is never overlooked or tossed aside. And we must continue to struggle to do better. Jesus has entrusted his very own possessions to us, and we must work vigilantly to be good stewards.
So that when the time comes, Jesus will say to us as he said to so many before us, well done my good and faithful servant.