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The Great Unknown

Well done good and faithful servant... come and join in your master's happiness
Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; Psalm 128:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 25:21

In the early days of World War II, King George of England delivered a radio address to the world in which he recited the following few lines of poetry:

And I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year: "Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be better than light and safer than the known way.

Today's Gospel affords me the opportunity to revisit a second bit of poetry -- one of the best-loved of the last century -- Robert Frost's classic, "The Road Not Taken". . .

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. -1

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus demonstrates to us the absolute best way to manage our lives, and the best way to make a difference in the lives of others. And more often than not, it means taking the road less traveled. 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 [...]

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