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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 13, 2011

RISK AND RELATIONSHIP

This Sunday, Jesus is teaching a basic law of the divine life:  You get only in proportion to what you give.

So much of the divine life has an inverse relationship:  Security comes from taking risks.  Belonging comes from letting go.  Freedom comes from commitment.  Peace comes from unrest.  Life comes from death.  And Faith is not knowing what is certain, but knowing what is a mystery.

Why was the third slave punished?  Because he was unwilling to trust others with what he had been given.  He was more concerned with protecting what he had, than allowing for it to realize its own potential.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

  1. What are the fears we face?  How do we overcome those fears?  (For a GREAT interview on this, listen here)
  2. Who is the bad example here – the third slave or the first two slaves?  How does the landowner fit in this picture?
  3. What are the “talents” we are called to share?  Why don’t we?

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30)

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