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Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of Confession
L: Almighty, ever-loving God, you are slow to anger and
quick to forgive our trespasses as we confess our sin to you. Forgive
us, we pray, when we have hurt others and broken your commands.
P: Forgive us for not being wise stewards over the gifts
you gave us--including the gift of
time and ability.
L: Forgive us, we pray, where we have been wasteful of the
wealth you have given us.
P: Forgive us, we pray, where we have not fed the hungry
and clothed the poor; when we have turned a blind eye to those in need.
L: Forgive us, we pray, when we have buried the talents and
work with all the things you give us.
P: Forgive us, we pray.
L: Empower us to be good stewards over your resources.
based on Matthew 25:14-30
Rev. Karen A. Goltz
So if I’m
reading this right, Jesus is saying that if you’re entrusted with large sums of
someone else’s money, the right thing to do is to make a bunch of risky
investments, hoping great risks will yield great rewards, and the wrong thing to
do is to play it safe and hide the money where it won’t be subject to market
forces, ensuring that the principle won’t be lost. Is that right? Then that
settles it: Jesus is to blame for the global financial meltdown.
That’s the good news for today. Amen.
In recent weeks, we’ve heard a parable about
lamp oil that had nothing to do with lamp oil. We’ve heard a parable about a
wedding garment that had nothing to do with clothes. We’ve heard a parable
about vineyards that had nothing to do with grapes, and we’ve heard a parable
about day laborers that had nothing to do with day laborers. So even though
today’s parable is about money and investments, it should come as no surprise
that it really has nothing to do with investments or money.
There are plenty of interesting questions this parable raises, but the most
interesting question to me is, who is God? Not who is God in this
parable—most of us understand God to be the master who went on the journey—but
who is God to you?
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