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Gospel Reflection – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time– Matthew 25:14-30
Each and every person is unique. There are no two people the same. As we are created in this way in the image of God we each have gifts and talents that we need to nurture, develop and use for the greater good.
The message in today’s gospel is a simple one. Our unique gifts and talents should not be hidden away and never used.
Education by definition is about being taught things and learning things and of course schools exist to provide this. However, they should also be places where we begin the process of discovering and understanding our gifts and talents. Schools should be places where we are nurtured to develop these talents and not be afraid to allow them to grow so that we can become the best that we can be.
This Sunday, 15th November is also the ‘World Day of Prayer for the Poor’ when we are asked to remember and pray for those in our society who struggle each day to live their lives:
Lord God, You came to give honour to the least,
those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged.
You came to give first place to the last,
those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued.
You came to give a warm welcome to the lost,
those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute.
Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries.
Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.
Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.
Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them.
You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.
Lord, hear our prayer. Amen