The THREE SERVANTS
Introduction. The first reading describes the natural talents of a wife and how she doubles her talent by developing supernatural talents that will save her husband. Her natural talents were cooking and sawing. From these she develops the fear of the Lord that will enable her to help her husband spiritually. The supernatural talents are built over the natural talents. What doubles the talents is when the supernatural talent that benefits the neighbor is added to the natural talent.
The second reading connects this first reading with next Sunday's Mass which is the Feast of Christ the King which reminds us of the judgment that follows after death wherein each soul has to give an accounting of all the natural talents God have given him; if the talents were used to raise him up to the supernatural level.
1. There were three servants.
The master gave 5 talents to one; 2 talents to another; and 1 talent to a third. The servant with 5 talents doubled his talents and ended up with 10 talents. The second, also, doubled his 2 talents and ended up with 4 talents. And the third buried his 1 talent, was unable to double it, thus was deprived of the talent ending up with nothing.
The first servant with 5 talents who doubled his talents thus ending up with 10 talents are persons who used their 5 senses to study all of God's visible creation and raised themselves up to the knowledge of the Creator. St. Thomas of Aquinas continued describing these souls as those who used earthly things to learn unearthly realities; these are souls who are able to think of temporal things and rise up to the thoughts of the eternal; these are souls who are able to go into their interior and progress to the mystical; from knowledge of the O.T. to the N.T.....and finally these are souls who are able to learn for themselves the way to salvation and are able, also, to teach others the way to salvation. Their ability to teach others the way of salvation is what enabled them to double their talents. These 5 talents is usually doubled in the monastic life and benefits others through evangelization. This is more perfect than the next.
The servant with 2 talents who doubled his talents thus ending with 4 talents are persons who used the two faculties of their souls, namely their understanding and free will, to learn and put into action the commands of God in the O.T., referred to as the life of repentance. Here the soul, first learns with his mind ; then he uses his free will to put it into action. Using the same two faculties he teaches others what he had learned. His ability to teach others what he had learned with his two faculties is what doubled his talents. This is accomplish by people in the world and they benefit others through evangelization, too.
The third servant neither used his talent for himself nor for others.
2. This Gospel is accounting time.
This Gospel is the last Sunday in Ordinary time just before the feast of Christ the King. It is a reminder, not so much of death but of the judgment that follows death. Christians do not prepare for death but for the judgment that follows after death. We should know how God will demand an accounting. The accounting is based on how we used the talents God has given us, both material and spiritual. Did we use it for the Glory of God and the good of our neighbors, as the first two servants or did we use it just to get in magazine covers as the third servant did?
3. As the first reading states, when we choose a wife she must have talents. Natural and preferably. supernatural. The same way when a wife chooses a husband. This way they can help each other attain the kingdom of heaven. But this is rare nowadays. So from where shall we get our instructors? From talented priests, bishops and cardinals.
So let us use these three descriptions of the servants to analyze ourselves , others, and especially our priests, bishops and cardinals and see what kind of servants they are. Let us leave the analysis of husbands and wives to the privacy of our thoughts and go to the priests, bishops, and even the Pope. We cannot afford to be led by one without any talent.
Pope Benedict XVI is presently the exemplar of the first servant. Certainly there are a few others around. But Benedict had clearly used his five senses to study natural truths which in turn raised him up to knowledge of supernatural truths. This is evident in all his writings and expertise; especially in Liturgical knowledge which consist, precisely, of knowing visible signs and their spiritual meanings. Ask any question or present any problem and Pope Benedict had answered it in his writings. A few weeks ago, in a very short talk, he just gave the answer to the year old problem called Pope Francis.
The majority in the just concluded Bishop's Synod, led by Cardinal Burke, clearly represents those who have doubled their 2 talents as can be seen in their arguments raising the discussions up, at least, to the moral level, though not entirely to the supernatural and theological level. Their arguments show that they are using their minds. And they benefited their neighbors by rejecting Pope Francis' proposal thus warning others that adultery and sex perversion were sinful.
The minority in the Synod led by Pope Francis and his top men, like Kasper, Baldisseri, Forte, Tagle, etc... represent the servant who buried their talent under the ground. Firstly, they did not use their talents (their minds, their study of theology, their readings of the O.T and N.T.) to benefit themselves by thinking right on matters of dogma and morality. And secondly, instead of doing their ecclesiastical job of teaching the people right from wrong, they are proposing that people destroy their consciences, throw away the concept of sin, personally decide what is right and wrong and go straight to hell. They are going straight to hell and they have no talent to detect it. Because as the Gospel states, God took away the one talent (their theology training) from them. They ended up with nothing and thrown to hell.
4. In the Gospel, the amount of talents is immaterial. God looks at the dispositions; whether the servants used the talents according to the instructions of the master to benefit themselves spiritually and benefit their neighbors. Benefiting their neighbors is what doubled their talents. Christ rebuked the bad disposition of the third servant in that, not only did he fail to use the talents to benefit himself. He did not benefit his neighbors. Christ gave another alternative aside from doubling one's talent; and that is to lend it to bankers. They can benefit from it themselves and lend it to others. This is a suggestion that will make bankers benefit from the talent and benefit others, likewise.
Pope Francis and his minority group fall under this third category of servants. God gave them talents; a mind and a free will, a course in theology, a library of knowledge from the Jesuits, the treasures of the Magisterium. They, also, have the occassion to help the world and especially the participants of the Bishop's Synod. They did neither. Lazy lout, Christ described them. During the Synod they behaved like one who have been deprived even of that one talent. There was not an iota of any semblance of Catholicism in them. Their proposal on the remarried showed ignorance of the New Testament and their proposal on Sodomites is against the Old Testament. St. James noted that their ignorance of those two commands shows their ignorance of the entire commands of God. Thus the twice rejection of their proposal by the majority who acted with 4 talents was an affront to Pope Francis and his group in their attempt to start an entirely new religion based on the hermeneutics of discontinuity earlier proposed by the school of Bologna of which Cardinal Tagle is a member.
5. The reward.
'Well done' is a greeting of joy from the master at his great satisfaction for the servant's work.
'Good servant' in that they had done good things; for themselves and for their neighbors.
'Faithful' in that they did not use their talents to benefit himself, alone.
'In small thing.' in that what they had done of doubling their talents is nothing compared to the reward they will receive for doing it.
6. The punishment.
The first sin of the servant who received the one talent is sloth. God gave him talents by which he can attain eternal life and help countless souls attain eternal life. He utterly wasted the gift by not using it even for himself.....by giving Glory to God. And he did not use the talent to teach others the way to heaven.
The punishment .... God took away his one and only talent. And sent him to hell in the after life.
More than one year being Pope, Francis had not taught the world anything spiritual. His 'Evangelii Gaudium' was pure spiritual poison where he denied the theology of grace, rejected the existence of sin, took away the Supremacy of God and presented himself as the creator of the new religion with a new evangelization (akin to protestant revival meetings). As a bishop he wrote a book "Church of Mercy" introducing a new protestant sect with no objective norm of morality. His proposal in the Synod which majority of the bishops rejected is an off shoot from this book. He already had heretical tendencies even before he was Pope that could invalidate his election as Pope. Except he is saved by a provision in Vatican I stating; that we should not bother about anti-popes at this time because......
The Synod Fathers had remarked that he is not acting like a Pope. Maybe, because he is not the Pope?
Pope Francis and his group of Cardinals and Bishops acting, absolutely, without talent had made proposals during the Bishop's Synod; to do away with sin, morality, with the Catholic God and the sacraments. Which was rejected by the majority led by Cardinal Burke. The proponents of the objectionable proposals were Cardinal Kasper, Baldiserri, Eterovic, Tagle, etc, who were proposing an entirely new protestant sect. Apparently they have been propagating this sect years earlier. This tendency is taught by some Jesuits and we should know who they are (and their names are in the news) lest we unknowingly follow them towards Protestantism. Tagle, being a part of the Bologna group that believe in the hermeutic of discontinuity believes that the Catholic Church had ceased to exist before Vatican II. And that Pope Francis is assigned to establish the new Catholic Church totally different from that instituted by Christ, the apostles and the Fathers of the Church.
Schism was obviously present during the Synod and strangely enough, the departure from the teachings of Christ, the apostles and the Fathers is led by Pope Francis, himself.
But now that the Synod is over, the schism is beginning to spread wider and wider in the world as each Synod participant returns to their respective Dioceses and recount how Pope Francis was proposing to abolish all sins. Cardinal Burke, defending orthodoxy, was welcomed by 200 Bishops with a standing ovation. Forte, Pope Francis' point man in the Synod was defeated in an election in Italy. What is fearful is that while one side insists in their orthodoxy, the introducers of novelty and schism on the other had expressed their plans to campaign and expand their foothold on the Synod by recruiting bishops in preparation for the Synod next 2015 when they plan to have the rejected proposals to be eventually approved.
Pope Francis and his group will have the advantage during papal trips. Francis and Tagle will join forces in the impending Philippine papal trip. and gather adherents to their new protestant sect. Considering that Catholics here are poorly catechized, imagine Francis and Tagle selling their rejected Synodal ideas to the Bishops. The Bishops practically know nothing about what happened during the recent Synod and most Catholics have no Faith and will believe anything.......the Catholic Church in this country is in to become the only 'new' protestant church in the Far East.
The lazy lout adds another sin to his sloth. He insults God and calls him a 'hard man.' St. Thomas states that the punishment for sin is that one more easily falls into the next sin. The lazy lout sins and fall easily into the next sin of insulting God. The adulterer is encouraged to fall into the next sin of receiving Holy Communion sacrilegiously.
Pope Francis had been insulting everything Catholic so much so that in England they are planning to write a book on 'Papal insults' towards Catholics. He has never insulted other religions. He has insulted God and Christ by describing the Church as demeaning, stiffling, possessed by the devil, destructive of freedom, etc....giving the impression that Christ is a hard man, indeed, while Pope Francis is merciful and compassionate. This is the woeful sin of scandal wherein it is better for him to tie a stone around his neck and jump into a lake than commit this sin. He intends to go further and campaign for the eventual approval of these rejected sins in the next Synod 2015. Cardinal Marx promised so.
Listen to how God Who is merciful but is a hard man when he judges; 'take away the one talent from him and throw him into the darkness outside. What is a man with one buried talent doing in a papal chair that requires 10 talents?