Jesus continues an uncomfortable line of teaching with another troubling gospel message this week. The scenario is that of a rich man who went away on a long journey and entrusted his money to three servants. The first two servants doubled their share of the master’s money through investments and are highly praised upon his return.
The third servant, however, was afraid of losing the money and buried his share in the ground, but was condemned for his inaction when the master returned to settle accounts. Because he did not make even a minimal effort, he was branded a wicked and lazy servant and thrown “into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
These are sobering words that every disciple of Jesus needs to hear. However, over the last sixteen months that I have been Pastor of Saint Brendan Church, I have observed so much talent that has not gone to waste.
Jesus has been challenging us over the last six weeks of our message series, More Than Lip Service: Living Out An Uncomfortable Religion, because he wants us to grow spiritually by taking steps towards greater discipleship. In fact, you can think of the word “STEPS” as an acronym of how to grow in the Christian life as a disciple:
You can find all kinds of information about opportunities to grow on our website, www.stbrendanparish.org.
This Sunday, we will thank all of our volunteers with a special blessing at each Mass and a reception after the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Join us for the festivities, but also join us in sharing your talents for the kingdom of God. Because you’ve got talent!
Father Roger Gustafson