THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR OF MATTHEW
19th November 2017
“What are you going to do with this one wild and beautiful life that God has given you?” asks Donal O’Leary. Over the years he has put this question to young (and not so young) people as they try to discern, day by day, the next step of their life’s journey.
All that we have, all that we are, is a gift from God. If we believe that, then our life is not ours to do with what we like. We are to follow our Maker’s instructions. Only then will our full human potential be realised.
If our unique and precious life is God’s gift, then it follows that we in turn are to be gift – to one other and to God. The first point that Donal makes is that we each have only one life. We can’t change it for someone else’s life. God has determined that who we are is a unique encounter with him. He has given us a purpose no-one else can achieve.
The parable of the talents is a tale about living the gift of life, not locking it in a safe. Our responsibility is to “launch out into the deep” (Luke 5), to trust the Maker’s instructions and risk the adventure of love and service, just as our prototype Jesus embraced his Father’s will and entered our world as a vulnerable child who was led to a cross. Donal speaks of life as “wild”, untamed, unpredictable, daunting yet exciting. If we do not set sail, we will be like the third man in the parable who took the money but not the risk.
Finally, Donal says, our life is “beautiful”. God does not make rubbish. Each life, amazingly, is a reflection of divine beauty. Do you believe that?
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