Saturday in the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time / Optional Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Master, I knew you were a demanding person...so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back. (Matthew 25:24-25)
Master of the harvest, while we may perceive You as demanding, You make no demands of us that are not possible or for our eternal benefit. Today's Gospel parable of the settling of accounts invites us to assume our ever growing responsibility to share in Your joy.
The first epistle of Saint John tells us, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love" (4:18). May I not shrink in fear and impose demands upon others; may I embrace Your goodness and faithfulness so I can love my responsibilites and their greater share in Your joy.
Our Lady, Cause of our Joy, pray for us.