Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Annual Diocesan Appeal weekend – November 19, 2017
Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30
What would you do if you were given five or two or one talent?
A talent was a unit of measure used for things like gold. It is the equivalent of 75 pounds or 900 troy ounces. Gold is currently around $1,295 per troy ounce. So, one talent of gold, at the current prices, is worth over $1.1 million. In the parable told by Jesus, the master was entrusting a significant amount, to each of his servants.
Likewise, God is entrusting each of us with something much more valuable than gold. As a faithful servant, a follower of Jesus Christ, we need to recognize that everything, everything we have, is a gift from God. And like the master in the parable, God expects us to take what he has given us, and make it grow, become something bigger, something of even more value. And when we do that, God will tell us, well done, come, share your master’s joy.
One way to return to God, what God has given us, is by supporting the annual Diocesan Appeal. Just like each of us needs money to pay for things like our homes, our food, our utilities, our smart phone bills, even for that good, but maybe somewhat expensive, coffee we enjoy, the Diocese needs financial support to carry out the mission of the church in western South Dakota. And each of us, as baptized Christians, we are the church. And just like we expect each member in our household, to contribute to our family, we are likewise called to contribute to our larger family, the Diocese of Rapid City.