THIRTY_THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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Multiplied in it’s Giving
What Christ has given us is multiplied in it’s giving. I love that line, as it reminds me of a story. Close to 20 years or so back, I lived beside an older man who was in the apartment next to me. Every once in a while he would come over and we would sit down with our guitars and play vintage country songs, going all the way as far back to Hank Williams. I was kind of familiar with the songs, but he knew every word. I really didn’t think much of it to be
honest as you don’t have to convince me too much to sit down and play guitar with you. Sometime later I ended up moving to Saskatoon from Prince Albert where I was then living. When I told the older man I was leaving, he was really upset. At the time I didn’t understand, but finally I asked him when we had one last music session. It turns out that these little sessions meant a great deal to him, as it brought him back to the “old days”. So I asked him about the “old days” and he told me that he was friends with a lot of musicians around the area, and that they used to get together and play together for hours on end, and as it turned out, it was one of his best memories. So, getting together with me brought him back to the times, and really made him feel less lonely as most of his friends had passed away. Then, that last evening he told me story after story of his time with his friends, who included Red Shea, who became the guitarist for Gordon Lightfoot. Red Shea was one of Canada’s greatest guitar players. From this experience I could truly feel the gift of music multiplying in its giving.
In the parable today, we have the master, who I think we can safely represents God. Then we have servants who were given talents and were left to protect and make them grow. The first two servants doubled their talents, and were considered to be “good and faithful servants”, while the third hid his talent, and didn’t try to make it grow into more talents. The line that was intriguing to me related to the third
servant is when he says “Master, I knew you to be a hard man.” I wonder if that is why some people are hesitant to begin a life of faith, or approach God in some fashion. Maybe they see God as a “hard man”? Some
people are incapable of seeing the Kingdom of God unfolding before their very eyes and in their own time. Is this not what is in the mind of the third slave? He was stifled by fear, and was impeded from reaching out to those in need around him. Fear paralyzes each one of us and prevents us from reach-ing out to those in need around us. Instead of approaching God in fear, we must remember that he is mercy; endless mercy. Let’s reach out today as even the simplest acts can mean the world to someone and bring them closer to God. God bless you all, Deacon Dan MacDonald