If we had to put a dollar value on what God has given us, what would it be? Martin Luther gives us a good place to begin in his explanation of the phrase, "What is meant by 'daily bread'?" from the Small Catechism. Here is what Luther says, "Everything that belongs to the support and wants of the body, such as meat, drink, clothing, shoes, house, homestead, field, cattle, money, goods, a pious spouse, pious children, pious servants, pious and faithful magistrates, good government, good weather, peace, health, discipline, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like." (Luther's Small Catechism, Part Three, Fifth Petition) I'm not sure that it is even possible to put a dollar amount on all that.
In this week's gospel lesson (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus gives us a parable about the importance of living faithfully. A landowner leaves for a long trip and gives three of his servants huge sums of money to take care of. When the landowner returns, he discovers that two of the three have invested the money and earned massive returns. The third, however, buried his money in a hole in the ground. What happens next you will have to wait and find out. But the question remains, "How are we called to invest the great gifts that God has given to us?"
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