Today’s Epistle to the Corinthians is a stark reality check for the complacency we might feel when our life seems to be going pretty well. How often do we hear, or say, that God is good, when we get over a serious illness, get a raise, or if the weather is sunny on the day we’ve planned a picnic? On the other hand, how often might we think we are somehow abandoned by God, or worse yet, punished for some transgression, when we get that unexpected terrible medical diagnosis, or if we lose a job, or miss a bus? How easily we blame God for the events in our life—both bad and good.
Less easy, is to acknowledge our role in bringing God’s presence to the workings of the world. St Paul reminds his community in Corinth and us, here in KW today, that we, as Christians, knowing that God lives in us, have the faith to endure “troubles, hardships and distresses”. As a person of Faith, I will not avoid suffering, but my suffering will not destroy my spirit. When the going gets tough, as they say, we have our focus on God, who is love, and we draw on the strength of that love that we share as a community of Christ: “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything”.
Certainly easier said than done, but today’s Gospel reading of the parable of the talents reinforces Paul’s reflection. We are born into our life and it is up to us to embrace this life we have, according to our capacity; each of us in our own particular way. I imagine that the buried talent could correspond to a life that hold’s no appreciation, no hope, no desire to share oneself in anyway possible. God (Love) is with us, but we must help each other live in love, and then not only we, but those around us, will see and feel that truly life is beautiful.