Homily: November 16, 2014
PROPER 28, YEAR A, 16 NOVEMBER 2014, Rev. Vant Washington III "TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY"
This phrase or statement brings back for me memories as a elementary grade school boy, lined up along the school playground chain fence, waiting to chosen for one of the sides to play either kickball or softball. Usually the same two individuals seem to be the proverbial captains for every all recess activities.
In the Gospel according to Matthew, I just read, it seems the man in this parable is very aware of the abilities, expectations of each of his servants, slaves entrusted in his property.
I ask myself does one individual really know the true abilities of another?
Do we get lost in that question or thought, does it put any one of us in an ucomfortable position when choosing sides, or that awkward feelings mentally and physically.
As that elementary school boy, I remember to this very minute that feeling of failure, dissapointment when I was choosen nearly last or last for sides on a team sport.
We as children of God need and must rely on ourselves to invest in what gifts God has given to each and everyone of us. We must not think that we have no gifts to offer others, or even think whatever gifts we do, has no weight or merit. We must not think these gifts are too small or insignificant to situations, issues or projects at hand.
God has given you and me a wide variety of personal gifts, and he expects us to commensurate these gifts in his services in his kingdom. We should not allow others to overshadow or undermine the gift, or gifts we bring to the table.
Unlike the servant that was given two talents, did not realize he had much more to offer then he understood. For he did nothing with what he was given according to his ability.
The gifts that we received from God incorporate variety of skills, family and friend connections, social and employment positions, vast present and past experences, educational and much much more. As we move forward in the liturgical calandar, and upcoming feasts and holidays, we must not let them overshadow, or be negligent in our commitment for Stewardship.
We must forge ahead, support Gethsemane, not only with the skills, and vast abilities that we can offer, but also share in our personal wealth and resources made possible to us through our labor, for the greater cause of God's Kingdom.
We must stay the courses and support the new vicar for she/he will need all the resources and talents that are in the walls of Gethsemane. We must think or have the mind set with the vision or better yet the attitude of"WHAT IF!", and be more "intentional" in executing our talents. This has to be done from the church volunteers, choir, and staff all must seriously hold on this parable in most positive way. So we all are entrepreneures, who can with God's given gifts do what is necessary and will hear in some form or another "Well Done", and each of us will be compensated according our needs. But rest assured that we all will be praised.
As written in the Book of Esther 4:14 "FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS", we need and must forge ahead, be productive, intential and invest in ourselves for betterment of Gethsemane Episcopal Church. As it was perfectally stated in the "THEOLOGY of WORK PROJECT" refering to Matthew 25:14-30.
"The implication of the parable is that we are to use whatever talents we've been given to the best of our ability for God's glory, and when we have done that, we are on an equal playing field with other faithful, trustworthy servants of God"