In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells the disciples that “those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” At first, of course, that aphorism strikes us as counterintuitive -- but as team member Dean Feldmeyer points out in this installment of The Immediate Word, it really is just common sense. Like household staples such as bread and wine, Jesus is telling us that life cannot be hoarded -- it has a limited “shelf life,” and as such needs to be used, needs to be broken, poured out, and shared with others.
Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer George Reed Ron Love Mary Austin
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable that on the surface seems like a first-century investment seminar. Two slaves wisely invest the wealth they have been tasked with overseeing, and are commended for their efforts in producing more talents. The third, however, is gripped by fear -- and worried about losing the principal, guards its safety by burying it in the ground. But his approach is harshly judged by his master, who notes that at the very least he should have put it in the bank.
“well done, good and trustworthy slave...” (v. 23b)
Good morning boys and girls,
Thanks for joining me today. I love it when you come with happy eager faces to listen to God's word.
Did you know that God created you beautiful? God did. God created you and me beautiful in God's image. And one thing that being created in God's image means is that God placed one or more precious jewels inside of you. We call them gifts and talents.
Jack had a huge plastic bag full of conkers. He spent the whole of one evening with a skewer boring a hole in the conkers and threading each one on a piece of string. When he went to school next day he spent every spare minute in the playground playing conkers with his friends. He lost quite a few to start with, but he soon became very proficient, and watched with delight as his opponents' conkers gradually smashed and disappeared.
Like Deborah, the Israelite judge, we are called upon to reflect, to discuss, and to make decisions that lead to action. We have heard that we should not judge lest we be judged. However, there is a time for judgment when we are asked and after we have deliberated. Come, let us worship God.