Reflection for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Our liturgical year is fast ending. Matthew’s Gospel has offered us yet another parable for our reflection. The parable relates the different kinds of accountability Christians are called to as they prepare for their encounter with Christ. They point us towards the end – our final destination – to be with God when Christ comes again.

Today we hear a story about servants that were given skills/talents/goods. The parable of the servants may be interpreted on many levels. A parable does not have a straight forward story to understand, it is almost irrational. Today’s parable, like any other is not as blunt as it may sound, it’s not about inequality, it’s not about making a fortune… Rather it’s about how we respond to God’s gift to us.

Join Fr Anthony Egan SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Proverbs 31:10-13; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 & Matthew 25:14-30

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Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.
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