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Appreciating our Little beginning

Homily of Sunday of the 33rd week in ordinary time year A, by Fr Oluwafemi Victor Orilua, CSSp, on the theme, “Appreciating our Little beginnings’. Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, Matthew 25:14-30
Little or much, we should cherish whatever we have. Attitude of gratitude is a multiplier. When we appreciate littles things, we open doors for greater ones. We can’t climb a staircase from the top. It is an upward movement from the first step.
We learn from the parable of Jesus in today’s gospel that we appreciate and develop our talents no matter insignificant we think they are.
Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one: each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out. ‘The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
However, we must know that it is better to wear out than to rust out. Whatever we place out of use must surely wear out. Our talents and gifts are no exceptions. The man in the above parable rewarded the servant who made use of their talents. He rebuked the one who buried his own talent and collected it from him and gave it to the one who was given five. Thus, his irresponsibility became the responsibility of the responsible. He added more jobs for the industrious ones.
Beloved, we should learn that our laziness or refusal to work is an added load on those who are hardworking. We can be charitable by being active than taking the path of passivity. We should not think that our gift does not bring us to the open and thus play it down, because we think it makes us too insignificant. Everybody is needed in society. From the top of the hierarchy down to the lowest status, we all complement one another.
Dear ones, let us cherish our little beginnings. We must not become great in the world sense of it, but we can do little things with great love.
May God’s love be poured into our hearts that we may appreciate all we have and be proficient in our giftings. Amen

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