Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; Psalm 128:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30
At her eighty-ninth birthday celebration, it was clear to all present that Flo had lost none of her zest for life. “What advice would you have for people your age?” asked one of the party-goers. “Well,” Flo said, “at my age, it is very important to keep using all my potential or it dries up. I’ve discovered how it is important to be with people and to be of service to them as much as possible.”
“And exactly what do you do from day-to-day?” Without missing a beat Flo replied, “I look after on old lady in my neighborhood.”
Much like Flo, the great medical missionary, Albert Schweitzer, once said, “The interior joy we feel when we have done a good deed and lent a helping hand, is the nourishment the soul requires.” Without those times when one feels part of the spiritual world by her or his actions, the soul decays.
Today’s Gospel Lesson is the “Parable of the Silver Pieces.”