All In The Same Boat
...according to each man's abilities
Matthew 25:14-30 or 25:14-15,19-21
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Scripture Summary Matthew 25:14Keywords
In the movie, "Harold and Maude," it is Maude, the 80year-old lover of life, who challenges the young Harold to greater sensitivity to the wonder of life around him. In one scene, Harold sees only a field of ordinary daffodils; Maude asks him to look at the uniqueness of each individual flower. When Harold and Maude drive into the City of Los Angeles, Harold sees tall buildings and lots of cars and people; Maude sees a tiny, dying, choking tree and determines to uproot it and plant it where it can grow into the tree it should really become! In the film, Maude says many unconventional things which might cause some uneasiness to those of us who adhere to the traditional philosophies of the Western World. But, it could be that unconventional Maude has a deeper sense of the meaning of Christianity than many "conventional" Christians.
The call to Christianity is, after all, a call to liberation-a call to be free to become the unique human being each of us really should become; to become the beautiful, unique human being each of us is intended by God to become. That is the very point Jesus makes in today's Gospel Lesson, the "Parable of the Silver Pieces."
This is the story of three servants who are entrusted with various sums of their master's money to invest. One receives 5000 silver pieces. Another receives 2000. The third receives 1000. Jesus points out that each of the three men is given funds according to his ability. The first two men perform up to their respective capabilities. They invest the money wisely and, in both cases, a handsome return is generated. This pleases the master immensely. "Well done!" he says. "You are industrious and reliable servants. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your master's joy" (Mt.25:21). The third man, however, does not perform up to his capability. He is afraid of risk. Out of fear, he refuses to act positively. Instead of investing the money given to him, he hoardes it, [...]