Jesus said, “. . . His master said to him, . . . you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest.”
From sermon4kids.com: “. . . when we use our God-given talent to be all that God intended for us to be… boy, can we fly!”
image “The Last Judgment” (1853) by John Martin
Scripture: November 19, 2017—Pentecost 24 (Proper 28)—Zeph 1:7, 12-18, Ps 90:1-8 (9-11), 12, 1 Thess 5:1-11, & Matt 25:14-30
Collect: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Human beings have been graced with the gift of persistence, imagination, and the capacity for extraordinary accomplishment. We have even been given life-giving gifts. Yet, as the psalmist reminds us, we are finite beings. When is our refusal to accept human limits productive, and when does this hinder our creaturely stance before God? Is knowing that God is God, and we are not, a message of eternal grace that we can hear? And in the face of tragedy and death, can we bear that grace in confidence and peace?
Sunday School 9:15 am—there’s a seat with your name on it!
Brain Food: “The Wind, One Brilliant Day” by Antonio Machado
The wind/one brilliant day, called / to my soul with an odor of jasmine / “In return for the odor of my jasmine, / I’d like all the odor of your roses.” / “I have no roses; all the flowers / in my garden are dead.” / Well then, I’ll take the withered petals / and the yellow leaves and the waters of the fountain.” / The wind left, And I wept. And I said to myself: / “What have you done with the garden that was entrusted / to you?”;
“Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson in Return to Love
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. / Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. / It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. / We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? / Actually, who are you not to be? / You are a child of God. / Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. / There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. / You were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. / It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. / And as we let our light shine, / we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. / As we are liberated from our own fear, / our presence automatically liberates others.;
“The politics of talents“, by Mark Davis from Political Theology weblog
Video for “Is God male?”, Chapter 7.