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Matthew 25; 14-30 (As built; Amite11-19-17; # 281)

“Talent”(hit, PLAY… put into play…)
Man oh Man does this guy have TALENT!!! He has GIFTS…most people just dream of!!! I bet if you looked up the word, GIFT, in the dictionary you would see a picture of him… Walter Hunt… Walter Hunt!!! Walter’s IQ was off the charts; I bet that if we compared to someone of today’s world… he would have a higher IQ than Bill Gates… he would make Gates look like he was intellectually challenged!!!! This man had a motor greater than Henry Ford himself… the man knew how to work long and hard… so much so… he would make Henry look like he was slothful, lazy!!! And talk about being able to see up the road… he had foresight that most people could only dream off… he was better than Abraham Lincoln himself at looking up the road… he made Lincoln look nearsighted!!! The year was 1839, remember this is BEFORE the civil war… Walter invents the sewing machine… and because he feels the need to BURY HIS TALENT … for whatever reason…no appreciation,etc… he shelves it… later on, a year or so, he invents the fountain pen…remember, now it is still before the civil war…they are using quill pins… but he feels as though no one will use his TALENTED IDEA…he does nothing with it…. did you know that before the civil war, he also invented the repeating rifle!!! Yet for some reason, he feels as though IT WILL NOT BE APPRECIATED… so he burys his TALENT… My Friends in Christ…if you or I had invented just one of these things… they would still be talking about us… we would be talked about in every high school civics class… yet one day… when Walter was navel gazing…. Daydreaming…he was playing with a 4in piece of wire…just spinning it… turning it… and he bends it in half…puts a clasp on one end… thought maybe he could hold something, temporarily together… but when he undoes the clasp end…the wire straightens back out… so he thought…what if I take the other end, opposite the clasp, and make it look like a spring, or hinge… and then clasp the other end… you know what he just invented…. THE SAFETYH PIN… and because he feels that no one will use it… he buries his TALENTED IDEA… Walter Hunt sold the rights to the safety pin… for $100.00!!!!
The GOSPEL … is just about that… TALENT! The first guy is given 5 Talents, the second 2 Talents… and the last guy 1 Talent! Lets remember, as a first century Jew… a Talent, which is a coin can either be gold or silver…and if gold, which is the case here, it is worth…. 20 YEARS OF WAGES!!! So imagine… 5 Talents, 100 years of wages…or 40 YEARS OF WAGES …(2Talents….)….and EVEN if you get only 1 Talent… that is 20 YEARS OF WAGES… the Good Lord is given each of us, according to our abilities… TALENTS … to PUT INTO PLAY… that will last a lifetime…100, 40 or 20 years… … let’s not forget, each parable is a story…with a twist that just doesn’t seem to fit…something that does not seem logical…like in this story…in the FIRST TWIST… a King leaves 3 people everything he has… Land, crops, seed, money, people…everything to be successful... and when HE comes back…one is disgruntled, so much so… he says he’s ‘demanding’…. And that he didn’t work the fields…didn’t plant any seeds, didn’t help harvest…THIS SERVENT doesn’t get it… the KING is taken back… here this servant has no field to begin with…no crops, no seed… no noting… the KING has given it all to him.. in addition to the weather to produce good crops…and he is giving the KING the back lash for his own lack of understanding and selfishness…
Also, in the SECOND TWIST… wouldn’t you be somewhat ok with at least getting your money back… hence, the two twist in this parable…
THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE… there are people who live up to their GIFTS… put them into play… use the TALENTS GOD GAVE US…and there are those who do not… take Peter for example… his gift is that of RESLIENCY… Peter can take a HIT and keep moving…it is TRULY REMARKABLE… Peter is the…. THE ROCK… because he has been through it all… and he kept on moving… when Peter first meets Christ, he doubts his abilities in anything and everything…even fishing late at night… and when the Good Lord tells him to throw out his nets even though he has caught nothing all night… Peter’s nets become sooo full… that he drops in the boat and ask the Good the Lord to forgive him… but Peter still has doubts… when he tries to walk on Water and begins to sink… Peter is the only apostle who is called ‘satan’… not just any name… Christ refers to him as the fallen angel… Peter denies out Savior 3 times…even whack’s a guards ear off… but PETER STILL BECOMES HIS FIRST VICAR…THE FIRST POPE… because of the TALENT … THE GIFT of RESLIENCY…!!! Paul has the Talent of being Courageousness… what A COURAGE FILLED MAN… you go from the ranking Pharisee… with money, status, etc…not to mention being the…. THE STUDENT… to the best teacher Gamaliel… all of the aforementioned… to a follower of a guy called Christ… who has no money, fame or fortune…who is a “dead Messiah”… to a follower of HIS, who makes extra money by selling tents… this tantamount… to you starting your own Church…or going to another Church becoming a pillar of the community… and then standing before them saying, truly… I was wrong… I need to head back to Mother Church…!!! But because of Paul’s COURAGE… his TALENT… he leads the Gentiles…you and I…toward Christ… JOHN THE BAPTIST…has the TALENT OF BEING A GREAT SPOKESPERSON… not to mention the GIFT OF DISCIPLINE… to ware only camel skin and eat only locust and honey as your diet… and then proclaim to all the big wigs…the Pharisees and Sadducees and scribes… and to do so with a passion and vigor that you don’t shrink from your duties to tell them the TRUTH… yet for everyone who has used their TALENTS…PUT THEM INTO PLAY… there are those who don’t… What if Pilate had used his TALENT and position to help those of the City… what an impact he would have had…or JUDAS had used his Gift of being an apostle… in lieu of taking his own life… how many people could he have impacted in such a good way…event today, what would Cuba be today, if castor had used his TALENTS to help those people… Cuba would a Paradise!!!
WELL HERE WE SIT SOME 2000 years later… are you and I , putting our TALENTS TO WORK… the GIFTS given us… lets see… You and I have been given many gifts, talents… but are we putting them into PLAY!?!?! At work, we can juggle many things at once… handle many jobs… that range the spectrum… REGARDLESS OF OUR PAY…or position…. We put our TALENTS INTO PLAY…BECAUSE… that is what we do as CATHOLICS!!! What about when people call, the GIFT TO LISTEN WELL… IS TRULY A TALENT… when family calls, and the only person they seem to call is you, will you take the call… SIMON!?!?! You have been given a Great GIFT… to handle such issues… what about helping others… doing extra things or carrying someone’s else’s water…fixing something mechanical, or a computer… going to a doctors visit… helping with money concerns… teaching a student or helping them through a tough class… because you have the GIFT TO DO SO… how will people come to know CHRIST exist… we are HIS hands, HIS feet, HIS eyes, and mouth…. Will we put them into PLAY…so people will know HE EXIST… will come to us, so we can put HIS TALENTS/GIFTS… into play!!!
Remember my B & S in Christ…the only Good GIFT…or TALENT… is a shared one…. I Leave you with this… “The TALENT you have is God’s GIFT to you; how you use this TALENT… is your gift to GOD”!
Amen

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