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posted Nov 20, 2017, 11:57 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Our passages last Sunday through next Sunday are from Jesus' Final Discourse or the Discourse on the End of Times. It is mostly about judgment and the expected conduct of the followers of Jesus and the need for vigilance by his followers in view of the coming judgment. 

This Sunday's passage is about the servants and the talents and what they individually do with them. One is scared and puts it in the ground for safekeeping, and the ones with two and five talents doubled theirs. These parables are often confusing and perplexing and ask us to think differently since Christ is asking us to act differently.

 Jesus' teaching in these parables invite us to think about what life in the kingdom of God looks like as we wait for Jesus to come again. In this particular parable, Jesus focuses on being a good steward of the gifts God has given us. Life would be much easier if being a good steward were simpler. We could be confident that we knew or were able to avoid actions that lead to outer darkness and gnashing of teeth. However, if that were the case, then Jesus wouldn't have had to die. Jesus, in telling this parable, calls us to lives of responsible stewardship that is not close-fisted, but openly corresponds to the generosity of God's gifts. The faithful steward knows that God's generous ways are beyond human comprehension, and so seeks to use God's gifts in ways that give honor to this faithful and generous giver.

Gracious God, your ways are not our ways, your heart is bigger and you forgive debts freely. Help us to understand and treat all of our neighbors with your justice. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+