Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Three Colors: Red is a 1994 romantic mystery film directed by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski. It is the final installment of The Three Colors Trilogy, which is preceded by Blue and White. One of the subplots in the movie is the friendship between the leading female character Valentine Dussaut, a young beautiful model, and a retired judge named Joseph Kern. Kern had stepped away from the profession in disgust years ago and his life has long been succumbed into distrust, cynicism and pessimism. Valentine’s curiosity regarding Kern’s antisocial behavior eventually leads her to form an unlikely friendship with Kern. A relationship that begins with Valentine loathing and pitying Kern soon becomes full of intrigue.  Ultimately, Valentine develops an acute likeness for Kern. Valentine then invites Kern to her fashion show.  Kern does decide to venture out of his house, probably for the first time in a long while, to see Valentine’s fashion show.  By doing so, Kern reveals to Valentine the story of his betrayal thirty-five years prior.

Today’s Gospel tells of a master entrusting his talents to his servants upon embarking on a journey. Two of his servants used their talents to acquire more while the servant given one talent buried it, returning it to his master. Like the servant who buried his talent, there is also something that we burry and hold for ourselves; anger, resentment, feeling unloved, betrayal, sadness, our struggle to forgive others. Perhaps we need someone to help us dig out whatever we burry. Can you recall someone who has helped you to dig out the “talents” that you burry deep in your heart? Perhaps you need to pray to God to send someone into your life who can help to dig out whatever you burry.

September 2nd, 2017