Monday, November 7, 2011

Looking Ahead to November 13, 2011 -- 22nd After Pentecost, Proper 28A

The Scripture Readings this week are:
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
  • Matthew 25:14-30

The Sermon Title is: How Do You Use YOUR Talent?

Early Thoughts: Are you afraid to take the risk?  If you had to make an accounting tomorrow and justify how you have used what you have been given would there be a talent you had buried in a hole somewhere?

At some time or another we are all afraid to use what we have been given.  Maybe we are afraid we won't get credit.  Maybe we are afraid of looking foolish.  Maybe we are afraid of moving backwards instead of forwards.  But at some point in our lives we all have the fear of risking our talent.

But in the end, the parable tells us, an accounting will be demanded.  In the end we have to explain the choices we made about how we use our talents.  Near the beginning of his Gospel, Matthew has Jesus proclaim that nobody lights a lamp to hide it under a basket.  Here, in the days before his death, Jesus tells the story of one who is punished for letting his fear keep him from making good use of the stuff with which he has been entrusted.  HOw do you use your talents?

It is a question of stewardship.  It is a question of taking a risk.  It is a question of faith.  We have been given much.  What will we choose to do with it?

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