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You ought to have invested by money with the bankers
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

As we make our way through each day, we desire to see and experience the presence of the Lord in the midst of the activities of the day. We know and believe that the Lord is always present; our challenge is to recognise Him as He comes to us. For a variety of reasons, we can miss the signals, the signs of His presence. Today's first reading supplies one possible explanation for our difficulty in welcoming the Lord daily. We often look for Him in places of expected strength and power, according to the world’s standards, missing Him where He chooses to show Himself in true power. The one found worthy to open the scroll is the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah". The allusion, from Genesis (49:9), recalls that the Messiah was expected to show Himself as the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah", a mighty warrior. The Lord of glory appears in humble circumstances, in the persons of the poor, defenceless, weakness and apparent failure around us. 

That is why in today's parable of the Talents, the master tells the faithless servant: “You ought to have invested my money with the bankers and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest”. Who are the “bankers”, who can provide us with long-term interest? They are the poor. The poor are at the heart of the Gospel; we cannot understand the Gospel without the poor. An important man invested in his servants. He gives them money to care for while he is away. Two of the servants invest the money and can give back more than they were given when their master returns. One servant, afraid of losing the money, kept it in a cloth to protect it and so was able to give the master exactly what he had been entrusted with. Fear left him indecisive, unable to take action. It is striking how often Jesus says: "Do not be afraid." He knows how fear can stop us from doing our best and recognising Him. The opposite of faith is not so much unbelief as fear. If we rise above our fears we would be able to recognise the Lord and accomplish much in life.

May the Lord grant us the grace to overcome fear and help us to use our initiative to build our world! Amen!! Be safe and have a great day!!!

 
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