Being Really, Really Real

Being Really, Really, Real!

Parable of the Three Servants-Matthew 25:14-30

14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver[a] to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’

21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together![b]

22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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    Yesterday there was a van driving by, with loudspeakers, preaching “The end of the world is coming, get saved.”  This theme has been developed through the years to get our minds away from this world–to keep the enslaved calm, and our races prejudiced, to keep women from having rights, and to destroy our environment for money.

    When Jesus inaugurated the Kingdom of God, he preached it is now, we enter into that reign that seeks to bring equality and love to all. It is “Really Really Will”. He announced a new order of priorities–caring for each other without regard to race, religious understanding, economic background, political views–he calls us to live a life of equality.

    In his prayer Jesus shows us the way:

Father and Mother of Everything,

your presence fills all of creation.

Again today your reign has come.

Again today, I join my will to your will

to make earth as heaven.

Again today you will give us the bread we need for your daily work.

And you will show mercy to us us just as we show

mercy to others.

Again today as we face times of testing,

you’ll be with us in our trials.”

    The parable of the servants reminds us it is how much we put into “showing mercy to others”, that will determine the quality of our lives.

    We can remove our own egoes from such things as wearing masks, social distancing, and practice them out of care for our fellow human beings.

    We can put aside our cultural, and poltical differences and see each other as children of God. For example, there are parts of the country I can go to where I will be rejected, and seen as evil, whereas here I am simply another “odd” person in San Francisco. We need to see each other as human beings, as children of God.

    As this season of trial and difficulty continues, I pray with gratitude for you. And pray for the wisdom of God to be at work in you, your work, and friends.

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Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

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