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Reflection of the Word of God. 33 Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 15

Since you were faithful in small matters, come, share you master's joy.

First Reading (Prov 31:10-13.19-20.30-31): The book of Proverbs offers us a description of a woman, like a photo of an exemplary mother and wife. She uses all her talents of mind, heart, and faith in the service of her family and the poor.

Second Reading (1 Thess 5:1-6): Saint Paul invites the Christians of Thessalonica to be alert for the Coming of the Lord. As "children of light and day." So we too, should be ready at any moment for the coming of the Lord, even without knowing when he will come.

Gospel (Mt 25:14-30): The parable of the talents reminds us that God has given us abundant material and spiritual gifts. What have we done with them? Among today's gospel employees, with which of them do we identify?

As we approach the end of this year, the parable of the talents invites us to review our lives. Perhaps we will find many excuses to say that we have not been able to achieve our goals, but God has given us the measure that each one of us needs. The question is: What have we done with the received talents? Have we worked to produce more? Have we settled for continuing in the same situation? Or perhaps, even worse, have we given up hope of being better?

It would be a mistake to present ourselves before God with the attitude of the third servant in the parable, saying: " Here is yours back." Here is the faith you gave me, the life, the opportunities, the qualities you gave me. On the contrary, I hope we present ourselves with our efforts, our triumphs and failures, because we have risked and sought to achieve the goal. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose, but we have tried. It depends on us which accounts we want to deliver at the end of our lives.

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