Today’s Gospel Reading always gives me pause. It did so today. It is the story of the master who gives his servants some talents before he leaves for an extended time. When he returns, two have doubled what they were given. One buried his talent so that he would not get in trouble or offend the master upon the master’s return. However, when the master returned, the master was angry and offended. The master says:
“His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant
and gather where I did not scatter?
Should you not then have put my money in the bank
so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?” (MT 25: 26-27)
In all honesty – this is me. So tonight, I ask for prayers that I may at least put my talents in the bank.
An Act of Contrition for myself : http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/contrit.htm
and a prayer to the Holy Face: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/shroud2.htm
This one is new to me. I found it consoling tonight. I included Francis in this prayer.