As we come to the end of this long period of ‘green Sundays’ our hearts begin to anticipate the coming feast of Christ the King and the season of Advent. Already the shops speak to us of the ‘holidays’, of Thanksgiving and of Christmas, and Christians are bound to object (at least a little) to the slow encroachment of Christmas earlier and earlier into the year. We have hardly finished our Easter eggs, it seems, when that dreaded herald of ‘the holiday season’ appears in the form of the most egregious and wily of vegetables, the pumpkin. Now, already, the turkeys have met their grizzly end and await us in the refrigerators of our local stores, whilst vendors dress the most unlikely of items in tinsel and baubles to convince us of their worth as gifts for distant relatives. Today, however, it is the Church that bids us look forward to the coming season—at least of Advent—as she presents to us the parable of the talents from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew. As the liturgical year begins to turn we are presented with this passage today, as a way of preparing us for what is just around the corner.