Hiding Your Talents?

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

St. Thomas Aquinas

2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29; Mark 4: 21-25

Dc. Larry Brockman


Are you hiding?  I mean, the real you.  God has blessed you with some special talents.  Are you using them.  Are you being the real you, or are your gifts hidden under a bushel basket?  Before you answer that question, let’s talk about what hiding means.  Sometimes we think we are being humble by using our talents sparingly.  We say we are just being shy.  But whatever it is that God gave us as a talent- a singing voice, an athletic talent, the ability to teach, the gift of understanding- whatever it is- it needs to be used fully.  It needs to blossom like a beautiful flower.  We are not being humble when we hide our talents.  Rather, we are not recognizing the beauty of the gift that we have.  And as Jesus says in the Gospel, people who hide their gifts in this way will lose them.   

Other people are quick to recognize and practice their talents,  But they use them only for themselves, and not for the benefit of others.  Their talents become self serving, and so, they too are hidden, because they are not shared.  All of us can and should benefit from each others gifts, to complement the ones that we have.     

There are many opportunities we have practice and share the gifts that we have.  If you feel that little urge nudging you, do try out for the Holy Family production of Godspel; do volunteer to help out with Prep; share yourself in Bible Study- you may have special insights everyone else needs to hear.  Do it, do it now.  Don’t hide under a basket. 

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