Old Testament: Zephaniah 1:7-16
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
The Theme of Today’s Liturgy
The Gospel reading today portrays Christ as the giver. The parable of the talents show that Jesus entrusts His property to His stewards while He is temporarily away, He has shown that He wants to save humankind because He has given preachers of the Word to His church (Gospel). The Word is dispensed through the servants of Christ in order that faith may be granted to those who hear, and those who hear then likewise contribute all things to their neighbour’s advantage (Gospel, Collect). Jesus warns that the one without the gifts of salvation face an eternity apart from God’s righteousness. The prophecy of Zepheniah against the apostasy of Judah foretells the judgement that awaits those who lack these gifts (OT). St. Paul therefore admonishes the faithful to be awake and sober while the Lord is away, turning aside the works of darkness and living in the light of Christ (Epistle).