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Give More Than You Receive!

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 19, 2017

Give More Than You Receive!

How productive are you? How industrious and creative are you? We would all like to think that we get high marks in all these categories.The parable of the three servants Jesus tells to-day in our Gospel reading causes us to take a second look. The Story is familiar: one received five thousand, one two thousand and the third one thousand. Two doubled what they were given, the third buried the money in the ground and gave it back untouched!What is the message for us? It’s not about winning or losing, or making the most money. It’s about using our gifts  our time, talent and treasure for the building up of God’s Kingdom. It’s about overcoming the fear of failure, being willing to take risks for the right reasons, extending ourselves for the sake of others. In this way, the treasures of God’s grace will be multiplied by our faithful service!

Many Are Called Few Are Chosen

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 15, 2017

Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen!

Doesn’t this sound like some kind of trap, or trick? If you are called, are you not also chosen?

Today’s parable, like others we have been hearing from week to week, are about God’s Kingdom. Yes, we believe that all receive the invitation to be a part of God’s Kingdom and join in the heavenly banquet.

The parable describes the choices we make. Some were busy about other things. Others did not think the invitation was all that important. They discover ultimately the consequences of their choices. Others will receive the invitation they refused, and they will be locked out.

Then there is the matter of the “newly invited guest” from off the street who is found to not be properly dressed. What does this mean? Precisely that it is not enough to just accept the invitation. You have to do something to prepare yourself to join the heavenly banquet!

We join today in the heavenly banquet as we are invited to the altar. Are we prepared?

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