Father Ian's Ponderings:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Welcome to worship as we celebrate the Eucharist.
The current issue of ‘Forward Day by Day’ has had some interesting reflections. There are still a couple of copies left. If you would like one, be quick! Here is today’s reflection for your encouragement. It is based on the Gospel reading, the Parable of the Talents.
Matthew 25:18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug
a hole in the ground and hid his masters money.
The reluctant investor in the parable of the talents refuses to take any losses. He forgets that failing to invest would diminish the value of his holdings over time. And crucially, he seems to have entirely missed the message of grace. Sometimes it’s best to play it safe—buckle up, use sunscreen, follow speed limits, turn off the fuse box before you replace a light fixture.
Yet the central business of being human is to take the wildest, most unreasonable risks—to love and be loved. Formed in the image of God—in the image of love—we know that to offer and accept love is risky business indeed. God has given us life to invest our love in other people—even in the unlikely and unlikeable.
When we love from our deepest selves, doing the things we were created to do , the joys of our neighbours and family thrill us; their sorrows and disappointments break our hearts. Love’s return on investment is rarely im- mediate. But in the resurrection of Jesus, by God’s grace, the dividends are limitless.
The heart of the Gospel isn’t ultimately about doctrine and law, but about love and passion for living in relationship with God and this world God has made; with human beings and all creatures alike. This past week has seen the results of the Plebiscite survey on Same Sex Marriage released with a re- sounding ‘yes’ and emerging political co-operation on formerly opposing sides. Great talents are being revealed. Let us pray that continues! Yet with- out being conceited let us strive to use our talents too so that we and all peo- ple are challenged to come nearer to the heart of God and God’s purposes.
May you journey well with Christ this week,