A song's not a song 'til you sing it
Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay
Love isn't love 'til you give it away!”
These lyrics penned by Oscar Hammerstein sound a lot like Jesus' parable of the talents in this morning's gospel.
How sad when people don't use their God given talents fully because of fear, selfishness, sloth or criticism from others. The best use of our talents is in some manner which benefits others and for Catholics, a use which builds up the church, supports fellow parishioners, serves the poor and praises God. Using our talents for the benefit of God and others frees us from self-consciousness about our shortcomings and false pride about our skills.
I had a Xaverian brother for one of my religion classes in high school who used to tell us all the time, "Don't Keep the Faith, Spread the Faith." "Keep the Faith, man" had become a popular catch phrase at the time. Brother Fabius was right!