Sunday, November 13, 2005

Verse of the Day

"Throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth." --Mt. 25:30

Ah, the parable of the talents. This was one of those that I loved to hear in grade school, because I always thought it was dumb of the servant not to go and spend the money. I mean, come on; who digs a hole and puts money in the ground? Now that I'm older, I get that the point wasn't exactly market-related, although it is, in a sense. God gives us gifts ("talents"....isn't that a funny connection?) and expects us to use them wisely, or what good are they to us? We're often reminded to be good stewards of our "time, talent and treasure", but I bet most of us only focus on the "treasure" part, because the offetory basket comes around every week as a reminder! But time and talent are just as, if not more, important that the money. Sure, the Church needs money to help in its mission (and to repair the roof when it leaks, and the heater when it know how it goes), but it also needs *people* to fulfill that mission. So, if you haven't already, consider helping out at your church in some small way. It doesn't have to be a lot--I'm not saying you need to run for Parish Council president, and organize the festival, and run the PSR program. :) We're humans, not God. :) But maybe join the Bible Study, or the Spiritual Life committee, or even just go to the retreats/ prayer evenings/ etc. that your parish provides for you. (There's usually food...go for that if nothing else!) Whatever you're interested in. The Church is made up of all of us, and it needs our help. Besides, who wants Jesus to call them a "useless servant"? And the wailing and grinding of teeth doesn't sound so great either.....

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