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It’s Contagious

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

At her eighty-ninth birthday celebration, it was clear to all present that Flo had lost none of her zest for life. “What advice would you have for people your age?” asked one of the party-goers. “Well,” Flo said, “at my age, it is very important to keep using all my potential or it dries up. I’ve discovered how it is important to be with people and to be of service to them as much as possible.”

“And exactly what do you do from day-to-day?” Without missing a beat Flo replied, “I look after on old lady in my neighborhood.”

Much like Flo, the great medical missionary, Albert Schweitzer, once said, “The interior joy we feel when we have done a good deed and lent a helping hand, is the nourishment the soul requires." Without those times when one feels part of the spiritual world by her or his actions, the soul decays.

Today's Gospel Lesson is 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 good and faithful servant," he says to each, "come and join in your master's happiness" (Mt. 25:21,23). The third man, however, does not perform up to his capability. He is afraid of risk. Out of fear, he refuses to act in a positive, enriching way. Instead of investing the money given to him, he hoards it, buries it. Consequently, it does not bear interest as did the money invested by the other two men. Seeing this, the master expresses his displeasure in some rather vivid language, calling the servant "wicked" and "lazy" and "good-for-nothing." Then he says, "Throw him out into the dark outside, where there will be weeping and grinding of [...]


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