This Sunday’s Gospel according to the Roman Lectionary is St Matthew’s account of the parable of the talents (Mt 25, 31-46). This is what St Gregory the Great has to say:

And immediately a general thought is added: “For everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough; but from everyone who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away from him.” To the one who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. Whoever has love receives other gifts as well. Whoever does not have love loses even the gifts he appeared to have received. Hence it is necessary, my friends, that in everything you do, you be vigilant in guarding love. True love is to love your friend in God and your enemy for the sake of God. Whoever does not have this loses every good that he possesses.

Forty Gospel Homilies 9.6, quoted in Manlio Simonetti (ed), Matthew 14 – 28, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture New Testament Ib, (InterVarsity Press, 2002) 229.

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