Nov 12, 2014
Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,
First I want to thank Kendra for accepting the challenge to be this year's Card Party chairperson. It is a hug responsibility and you did a great job. I also want to thank her team and all who helped in the planning and preparation. Finally I want to thank everyone who had a part to play in making this year's Card Party a great success, both members and benefactors. Whether you just bought a raffle ticket or if you bought and donated and sold and attended and ate and bid, I am very grateful for the support and your continued involvement and support of our parish.
In today's Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the talents. Each servant responds a little differently with the talents in which they have been entrusted. While the first two make a profit for their master, the last is paralyzed by fear and produces no fruit.
Sometimes, we too, are afraid to step forward and use the talents our Father has blessed us with. We have all been blessed with our own talents. It would be a denial of God's love to say otherwise. The challenge is to identify those talents and then put them to good use, a use that is pleasing to God. For it is in putting the gifts of God to good and fruitful use that we produce a profit for our God, a rich and abundant harvest for the Lord.
So don't be afraid to use those gifts. Don't be timid or shy, but step forward and proclaim how your loving Father has blessed you, gifted you, and showered talents upon you. Sometimes we have to just step out in faith and trust in the Lord. For those who share their blessings, who use their talents and gifts in the service of the kingdom, will be gratefully blessed by God, and their names will be inscribed on the roll. I thank all of you who have made "The Rock" such a wonderful and vibrant community. I am confident that our Lord appreciates it, for His Word rings true in my ears, "to everyone who has, more will be given and they will grow rich." And church, we are rich indeed.
In the Redeemer,