You have been given great gifts and talents. You need to use them to build up the Kingdom of God. This is a lesson we get from today’s Gospel reading in Matthew 25, the parable of the talents. How are you investing your talents?
In the first reading today from 1 Corinthians 1, we hear more from St. Paul about strength and weakness, wisdom and foolishness, and shame. “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong…”
Shame is an interesting thing. Isn’t it interesting that God would use shame? Some will say shame is a bad thing – completely unnecessary. Not so. Now, we mustn’t wallow in shame and allow it to rule us. But shame can often be a good thing. When it is a motivator for positive change, and when we use it for that and then let it go, shame can be a force for good. When “the strong of the world” are ashamed by how they mistreat the weak, good can come of it.
Father, though it is difficult, we ask you to shame us for the things for which we should be ashamed. May we use it for positive change in our lives, and then let it go. Amen.