Monthly Archives November 2017

What is a Talent?

33rd Sunday in Ordinary time Perhaps the most common understanding of the word talent is a certain ability or gift that God has given each one of us. Yet we should be careful to remember that what a talent means in the ancient Biblical sense is different to how we understand it today.  A talent in ancient times was a measurement of something weighty, like silver or Gold.  Thus to the ancient reader, the use of the word talent would instantly bring to mind something heavy. But more than this, to the mind of a Jew, the heaviness of a
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You do not know either the day or the hour

    This Sunday’s Gospel presents us with the parable of the Ten Maidens (Matthew 25:1-13).  The parable centres on a Jewish marital custom whereby, after the period of betrothal, the groom would lead a procession to bring his new wife to their home, and they would celebrate a week-long banquet with family and friends.  In the parable, the bridegroom arrives to begin the joyous procession and take his wife to the marriage feast.  The foolish maidens who were unprepared and without oil are excluded from the celebration while the wise maidens participate fully.  The parable emphasises the need for
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