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Talents (family discussion)

As a family, read the following passage from the Gospel of Matthew:

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money.

After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying "Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents beside them." His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." He also who had received two talents came and said, "Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them." His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

Then he who had received the one talent came and said, "Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours." But his lord answered and said to him, "You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reaped where I have not sown, and gathered where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 25:14-30

As a family, discuss the following:

  • What happens in this story?
  • What is a talent in the story?
  • What are talents today?
  • What is Jesus trying to tell us with this story?

As a family, try doing the following:

Make a list of the talents that God has blessed each of you with. Have each person make his or her own list and have other family member add to it. Remember talent isn't just being able to sing or play basketball. It can also include being organized, friendly, or a good cook.

Once you have your list, decide how you can use these gifts from God to glorify Him. For example, if you are good at organizing, maybe you can organize something for your parish. If you are a good basketball player, perhaps you can teach people younger than you. Review and update these lists monthly to make certain you are being good caretakers of the gifts the Lord has given you.

 





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