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The Re-Imagining of the Parable of the Talents

We are all familiar with the story of the master who summoned his slaves before going on a journey and entrusted them with his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, each according to his ability. “For the person who uses what he is given will be given more. But the person who is unfaithful, God will take those things away from them.” Let’s look at a story I found and perhaps better understand this parable....

Do You Bear the Image of God?

Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God, Jesus says. This was in response to the Pharisees who were plotting to trap Jesus asking, "is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax. And they brought him a denarius." Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "the emperor." Then He said to the, "give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's and to God the things that are God's"... ...Indeed, the image of God in this world can often be difficult to discern. When we look at each other or even observe ourselves in the mirror, we tend to see the marks of the world upon us. We are what we look like, what we have, what we wear, what we do and the friends we have. What we need to see is that underneath all those things is a much deeper mark; the image of the cross engrained upon our hearts and our lives. Christ shining through us. This is the image that God sees among His people and it is that image which God desires us to reflect to the world. Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. Do you bear the image of God?

The Parable of the Landowner & the Laborers

...The laborers in Jesus’ parable we will hear about in the gospel on Sunday, would have spent the whole day in the marketplace, idle and without hope, if the landowner had not offered them a job. The men who were hired last worked only one hour, but were paid the same as those who had worked 12 hours. They received more than they expected and were grateful for the generosity of the landowner. The laborers who were employed first negotiated a wage and had no reason to hold a grudge against the landowner for his generosity....

Who Is Jesus To You?

Who is Jesus to you? As a member of the Commission on Ministry in this diocese, this is a question that is commonly asked of individuals seeking Holy Orders. Who is Jesus? He has been called a mystic, a revolutionary, a legend, a troublemaker and much more. Who is Jesus? What was He like? Do we think of Him as the child in the manger or the crucified Savior? People say lots of things about Him. John’s Gospel closes by saying the world could not contain all the books that could be written about Jesus, but who did He claim to be?...

The Depth & Quality of Welcome

This Sunday's Gospel message from Matthew invites us to explore in depth the quality of the welcome that we offer to one another within the Body of Christ, the church. But with it we must also reflect on the welcome we offer to those who are not yet a part of this body. As Jesus speaks to the disciples here, He is preparing to send them out to preach the message that "the kingdom of Heaven is near." He is giving them authority to heal the sick, to raise the dead, and to drive out demons in His name....

Exploring Peace Be With You

When the risen Christ said, "Peace be with you," I believe He meant for us to hear those words also. It's a pronouncement of well being and wholeness. The words spoken by Jesus to His disciples still need to be heard today, "Peace be with You." What do the words "Peace be with you" mean. It means that you can be at peace with your past....

What Is An “Abundant Life?”

Our world is full of unhappy and dissatisfied people. For this reason, people everywhere are looking for answers to the emptiness they feel inside. They will try anything, if it might bring them some sort of satisfaction or happiness. Perhaps this explains why there is so much drug dependency, alcohol abuse, criminal behavior, depression, emotional distress and psychological disorders. There is an answer to the eternal question, “How do I find happiness and satisfaction in life?” Jesus states in John 10:10 the purpose of why he came. He said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life to the full.” What did Jesus mean when He said that we can have “life abundantly” to the full....

Mary, Martha, Lazarus & the Comfort of Jesus

Sunday’s Gospel is one of the most important explorations on the subjects, of life, death and resurrection found in scripture. The key persons in this encounter with Jesus are, Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. We know, a close family spends quality time with each other because they care and they are special to one another. There are families we know that do things together; enjoy one another, share views, help each other and are very concerned about the welfare of each other. The bond that holds these families together is the bond of love. If something happens to one of the family members or one of them becomes sick, the entire family hurts. Other family members want to do everything they possible can to help the one who is hurting....

Preparing for the Rebirth of the Spirit…

...So, when He wanted to explain to Nicodemus about how people would have to change in order to see the Kingdom of God, he didn't say, people will have to be a bit different, or even, people will have to change a lot. Instead He said, "no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born from above." As Jesus explained to Nicodemus, this birth from above is not, of course a physical rebirth, but a rebirth of "water and spirit."....