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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 25,14-30): Jesus told this parable to his disciples, «Imagine someone who, before going abroad, summoned his servants to entrust his property to them. He gave five talents of silver to one, then two to another, and one to a third, each one according to his ability; and he went away. He who received five talents went at once to do business with the money and gained another five. The one who received two did the same and gained another two. But the one with one talent dug a hole and hid his master's money (…)».

The "Parable of the talents"

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the "Parable of the talents" could be named the "Parable of the coward servant", who, out of fear, prefers to hide his master’s money, rather than investing it and multiplying it, as the other servants did. The "Talent" that has been given to us, the treasure of the truth, should not be concealed, it should be transmitted to others so that it may penetrate and renew Humanity as does the yeast.

Today, in the Western world we are quick to bury the treasure, both for cowardice —ultimately, unbelief— as well as negligence: we bury it because we do not want to be disturbed by the truth, as we seek to live our own life without the weight of its responsibility.

—Lord-God, the gift of Your knowledge, the gift of Your love in the open heart of Your Son Jesus, should urge us to allow all corners of the Earth to contemplate Your Salvation.