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The upgrading of the heating and lighting in the Cathedral is now underway. The Cathedral will be open for Masses and Confessions at the weekend, but will be closed at all other times (including between Masses). Weekday Masses are now celebrated in the James Room, though access to the upper car parks is restricted. Thank you for your understanding and support during this project.



Sunday 19th November 2017
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Proverbs 31: 10-31     1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6     Matthew 25: 14-30


Unclaimed Treasure.

Self-help books are all the rage these days. You can buy a book to help you cook a meal for three hundred using only a dozen eggs; how to use your leadership skills to lead a national uprising; or how to influence people and get them to part with their money.

All these books have one thing in common: they recognise that every individual has gifts and talents within them that can lie dormant and need bringing out. They help you to claim the treasure that is within you.

It’s hardly surprising, really. It would not make any sense for God to create even one person without any gifts or talents. It would be a waste of everybody’s time, not least God’s. The parable of the talents is a reminder that each one of us is a gifted person; we’ve been given something by God which others will prize and we need to develop.

When we receive a gift we say thank you. And the way we thank God for being gifted is by using our talents. Sometimes it can take us a while to recognise our gifts. They may not be world-shattering. They may be the ability to make people laugh, the skill of always being on hand, the talent of knowing when to listen and not talk. Or they may be very obvious, eye-catching talents. It really doesn’t matter. The tragedy is never to discover our talent.

Whether we are the servant given five talents, three talents or just one talent, the important thing is to do something with what we’ve been given. Because the master is definitely coming back.




Scripture Reflections (below) © Peter J Harrison 2017