Gospel – Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus told his disciples this parable: ” A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one-to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.‘ His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
1880 A society is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them. As an assembly that is at once visible and spiritual, a society endures through time: it gathers up the past and prepares for the future. By means of society, each man is established as an “heir” and receives certain “talents” that enrich his identity and whose fruits he must develop. He rightly owes loyalty to the communities of which he is part and respect to those in authority who have charge of the common good.
From “The Door to Heaven” Testimony of Catalina Rivas (DH-53:2, DH-34:3,7-8)
2) My child, just as I have determined the number of days in life, the degrees of sanctity or of talent I wish to give to each person, so I have also determined the number of sins I want to forgive in each one of you. When the measure is full, there remains no place for forgiveness.
3) You ask Me, why is it that today, the first Friday, you have not received My marks; is not your pain a reminder? I do not want to disable your hands now that I need you so much to do My active work…
7) Indeed, My Blood will be compared. Did I not tell you so before? It is necessary to compare it with the Holy Shroud. It is necessary to give noble weapons to the people of My Church in order to preserve the faith of its members in these times when the devil of materialism poisons its blood. Before the glorious time comes when My Church, by then united, declares Me as its leader and leaves aside selfishness, the Scripture will have to be fulfilled.
8) How much good it would do in the Church to be thankful for extraordinary gifts and talents. On seeing the fruits, their discernment will be evident. Wherever people walk with the Spirit, wherever there is a clear route of conversion, people would obviously encounter My action.
Each week we will be presenting a portion of the following Sunday’s readings, and linking it to relevant parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and messages from the Testimony of Catalina. Pay special attention to the italicized underlined sections. This Sunday it is asked, What kind of soil will you be for the word of God? We hope this is inspiring and educational. Any comments you have are certainly welcomed.
Tim Francis prepared this educational program to help you increase your faith and love for the Holy Trinity and our Blessed Mother. His website is http://YouShallBelieve.com
I have known Tim for many years and recommend his work highly. He is a strong advocate for the “The Real Body and Blood Of Jesus” and the numerous miracles that occur on a daily basis. Both of us are greatly inspired by the amazing writings of Catalina Rivas. Catalina is one of the few individuals in history who personally experienced the “Stigmata Of Jesus Christ.”