In this week's Gospel , Jesus is sharing the parable of the landowner that gives his servants "talents" and some go to good use and multiply and some are hidden and do not. He is pleased with the servants that make good use of what has been given to them and they show their gratitude by helping it grow. The servant that keeps it to himself does not please the landowner. We could say at least he didn't lose it, but the landowner gave to him so he could make something out of what was given.
Bishop Barron gives us food for thought on what Jesus was actually trying to teach us.
Worship has the ability to lift our prayer, change our moods and help us to remember that we are not alone. I love the prayer in the following song by Matt Maher. I hope it touches you as well.
For Children k- 4th grade:
This week Jesus reminds us that we all have been given different talents and gifts. He wants us to find ways to grow our gifts and share with others what God has given to us. He does not want us to hide them and keep them for only ourselves.
For GRADES 5-7:
This week the Gospel gets us to think about all the gifts and talents that God has given us. Take a moment to name and claim 3 gifts you recognize that you have been given. Some people find this hard. (If that is you , ask your parents). Sometimes we don’t always know what they are yet. Ask God,in your prayers, to reveal them to to you.
This week’s prayer:
THANK YOU for blessing us in so many ways. THANK YOU for your love and forgiveness. Lord, this week, help us to recognize and use our gifts for your glory. Please reveal to us things that we might be missing. We know you made us all unique and for a special purpose.
Help us to trust in your plan. Show us how to make good use of your gifts to build heaven on earth.
For Grades8-12 :
This week’s focus is on our gifts and talents. God has given us so much and we should be grateful for all God’s goodness and blessings. How do we show God we are GRATEFUL?
Some people start a gratitude journal taking time each day to pick out things they are grateful for in their lives. Try it and you will see how your perspective changes. Take time to thank God for the big and small gifts. If you are struggling to find your gifts, ask God to help you to recognize them. A challenge ..... take time this week to recognize the gifts God has given others and tell that person you have noticed that they have a gift for whatever it is that you notice. Be sincere.
For all the Star Wars fans.... remember when Rey was discovering her gifts with the Force. Here is a clip from her training scene. It reminds us how each of have gifts within us but sometimes we need to put time and effort into it. God gives us these gifts always to use for good. May we find,develop and strengthen our gifts so that we too can make the world a better place. May God be with us!