2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31; Luke 19:11-28
“Invest this until I get back.”
So much of who we are and what we are called to do is contained in this brief line in the parable of the talents. We are called and gifted. All that we have – all that we are – we have as “gift,” given to us for a very special purpose.
The contrast Jesus uses is amazingly contemporary and is very helpful for our everyday lives. Jesus does not want us to take what we have been given and simply preserve it – to protect the gifts, out of some fear, in a risk free way. Jesus wants us to “invest” our gifts – to take some risk, in order to grow the value of his investment in us.
2 Maccabees 6:18-31; Luke 19:1-10
"Zacchaeus, you little thief, what are you doing up in that tree? Come on down here with the rest of us. You’re afraid of us, aren’t you? How ironic. You squeeze us for money, to send to your friends in Rome, but where does all your money get you? Up in that tree, alone. And, why do you care to see this Jesus from Nazareth? They say he’s been announcing that the Reign of God is at hand. That can’t be good for the likes of you. They say he heals people, too. That’s why this crowd is lining the road here. We want to just get close to him, maybe even touch him. Come on down, Zacchaeus. For once in your life, take a risk. Try to get up front and reach out and touch Jesus. Who knows, he might heal that greedy little heart of yours. Hey, here he comes!”
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63; Luke 18:35-43
Is there such a thing as a “healthy obsession?” According to today’s readings, there is.