REFLECTION: YOU ARE GIFTED:

Nov 3, 2013

We are used to hearing the term "gifted" applied to people of exceptional ability or talent. Yet each of us is gifted. Through God's grace, each of us has strengths, gifts, talents, and abilities without which the Body of Christ, the Church, is incomplete. This key dimension of stewardship—the use of our gifts in service to others—is the one many Catholics have the most trouble with. We can see ourselves, with prayer and sacrifice, giving more of our time and our treasure. But talent? That's for those other people, the "gifted" ones, we think. The term "talent" for a gift with which we have been entrusted by God comes from Jesus' Parable of the Talents, where it originally meant a valuable coin. Like the stewards in the parable, entrusted with valuable commodities by our Master, will we hide them away in fear, or invest them for great return? Spend some time this week thinking about the gifts that you alone can share with our parish community and the wider world—and then make a plan to share them. "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." (1 Peter 4:10)