The mass was celebrated by our Chaplain Fr. Michael Gribbon. In his homily Deacon Mark Amatrucola, co reflected on the uniqueness of the talents given to us by God and how we might use them to in a new way during this school year for our own betterment and for the entire SEP community.
"Our Gospel today is actually a special lesson about not squandering out talents. If we listen closely, we see that God is clearly not being cruel. On the contrary, the parable begins with Him showing incredible generosity - freely giving a wide variety of talents to his workers - everybody received something! And all he asks of them? Is to do something with the talents they have been given. To not take those gifts for granted! Isn't that exactly the challenge posed to each of us at the start of a new school year? To not be like the servant who was too afraid to try - so he buried his talents in the sand. But rather to be like those others who took what they were given - and grew it into something even more special!
So, perhaps in the days ahead, maybe find a quiet moment to take stock, and decide not "What might I commit my talents to this year?" But rather, "Where will I commit them - for my own betterment and that of the entire SEP Family? Probably best to be specific, and choose one or two things. Maybe I'll join a club, try out for a team, go on a retreat or help at Midnight Run. What new way will I honor the gifts God has given me, or will I just bury my talents in the sand?
With the help of the Holy Spirit sustaining us to use our talents generously, I know this is going to be an awesome year!"
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.