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A Matter Of Choice

Well done, good and faithful servant
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 25:23


The term "Hobson's Choice" crept into the English language in the late seventeenth century. Thomas Hobson was then a liveryman in Cambridge, England. And, according to his established policy, every customer who came to his stables to rent a horse was required to take the horse that stood nearest the door. The customer had no option. It was the horse nearest the door or no horse at all.

The "Parable of the Talents" in today's Gospel Lesson gives us a "Hobson's Choice." If we want to experience the abundant life Jesus offers us, if we want to grow into the uniquely beautiful person God created us to be, we must accept the cross Jesus offers us. Its a "Hobson's Choice" in that there is no alternative. If we want to experience the good life, we have no options. "Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple," Jesus said (Lk. 14:27).

In the matter of crosses, Jesus deals with us individually. When you come to Him in search of the peace that the world cannot give (Jn. 14:27) "that your joy may be complete" (I Jn. 1:4), you will discover, "standing next to the door" so to speak, the cross that has been fashioned for your life and no one else's. If you want to experience the abundant life that is available to you, then you must take up that cross. That means you must be willing to take your whole life -- your individual and unique life -- and invest it in the Lord's service.

In today's Lesson, Jesus tells the story of a man who entrusts various sums of money to his servants before going on a journey. When he returns from his trip, he asks the servants to give an accounting of how they invested the money so that he can reward them according to their earnings. The first servant had invested all he had been given and so he was able to return double the amount to his master, The master says, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have [...]

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