This week I was blessed to be able to host the Addison County Confirmation ceremony at St. Ambrose Church. It was a great joy to have Bishop Coyne join us for this beautiful celebration. As part of his homily, he encouraged the Confirmation Candidates not to bury their treasure, or their talents. I would like to use Bishop Coyne’s challenge to the Confirmation Candidates as a jumping board to my reflection for the week. To begin with I believe that not burying our talents means that we use the talents that God has given to us in a way that Glorifies God and makes the world a better place. Can I have an “amen”.
Now I think that there are two reasons that all of us at times fail in doing this. The first is that we fail to recognize that the talents that God has given to us personally are important or really make a difference. Every talent makes a difference when it is used in the way that God has intended. It is by all of us using the talents that God has given to us that God’s picture is complete. Now the second reason that we fail to Glorify God and make the world a better place because of our talents is when we use them for our own glory and benefit. When we make our talents, regardless of what those talents are, all about ourselves then we usually end up finding ourselves all alone on top of our own mountain. Being alone is never a good feeling for it is not what God has intended. It is when we share our talent that we stay connected to those around us. This is what it means not to bury our treasure. May the Confirmation class and all of us know the joy of sharing our talents.
God’s continued peace,
Fr. Yvon J. Royer