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It's Worth The Risk

Well done, good and faithful servant ... enter into the joy of your master
Matthew 25:14-30 or 25:14-15,19-21

Sermon Topic Stewardship

Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 25:21


One of the great things about being a Christian is that as we grow in the faith there are fewer and fewer places in our lives which we are reluctant to let God enter. More and more we are eager to place every aspect of our lives under His rule and under His guidance. And the more we do that, the more real His Presence becomes. Jesus makes this clear to us in many ways. One example is the Gospel story of "The Widow's Mite."

The story begins with Jesus seated opposite the Temple treasury watching people making their money offerings. The Gospel writer does not tell us why Jesus was sitting there. Perhaps it was because one can usually find out a lot about who people really are by watching how they handle their money. "Many of the wealthy put in sizable amounts," Mark tells us. "But one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins worth a few cents" (Mk. 12:41-42). Her contribution represented "all she had to live on," Jesus says. And because it was all she had, it represented the total giving of herself to God. "I want you to know," Jesus tells His disciples, "that this poor widow contributed more than all the others who donated in the treasury. They gave from their surplus wealth, but she gave ... all that she had to live on" (Mk. 12:43-44). Let me immediately point out that Jesus was not condemning the giving of large sums of money to the Church. He was commenting on the degree to which the wealthy contributors were bringing the money aspect of their lives into their relationship with God. They were giving out of their abundance. Instead of offering the cream to God, they were giving what was left over. In other words, they hadn't put themselves into it. Their contributions did not represent a significant part of their being. Their gifts were made in a perfunctory manner. They gave, not out of love, but out of a sense of obligation. They were just "going through the motions," so to [...]

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