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Do Nothing, Gain Nothing

Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much
Matthew 25:14-30 or 25:14-15,19-21

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Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 25:21


A highly-placed corporate manager announced, tongue-in-cheek, the establishment of an annual "Better Management Award." The first award would be made, posthumously, to Christopher Columbus, he said. "We are honoring old Chris as the greatest manager of all time," the announcement read. "He started out not knowing where he was going; upon arriving, he didn't know where he was; and upon returning, he didn't know where he had been."

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus demonstrates to us the absolute best way to manage our lives. Jesus wants us to know where we are going. Jesus lived and died and rose again in order to convince us that a gracious God has given us a world in which to begin the process of our complete fulfillment as human persons. And Jesus uses every teaching device possible -- even to the extreme of His own death -- to communicate His Divine Message about the true meaning and purpose of our life.

Jesus' parable in today's Gospel Lesson is a rather involved story and in some ways a little mysterious:

The story is about an employer and three employees. The employer is about to go away on a long trip. Before leaving, he gives each employee a sum of money to be invested. When he returns from his trip, the employer discovers that two of the men have doubled the amount entrusted to them. But the third man is still holding on to the original amount. The third man explains his failure, saying, "My Lord, I knew you were a hard man ... so out of fear I went off and buried the silver pieces in the ground. Here is your money back" (Mt. 25:24,25). The employer is furious. "You worthless lout," he cries out. "Those who have will get more until they grow rich, while those who have not will lose the little they have. Throw this worthless servant into the darkness outside" (Mt. 25:26,29-30). The man who did not invest the money had some wrong ideas about his master. He was afraid that if the investment went sour he would be punished for [...]

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