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Eckardtesian Thought: I think, therefore I write . . .
The parable of the talents shows us first that there will certainly be a day of reckoning. Second, it shows the perils of the sin of slothfulness, one of the seven deadly sins. Nothing that we have is really ours, and none was received by merit or worthiness. Everything is a gift, and therefore we are bound to use our gifts wisely, and repent of all slothfulness. The tenant who buried his talent in the ground was not using it as it was meant to be used, and he failed to acknowledge the Giver. Thus he was condemned. And consider the greatest Gift of all, buried in the ground. This is Christ himself, who was crucified, dead, and buried; but he arose from the dead. Therefore let us live as bound to the new life we find in the resurrected Lord. Let us consider what we’ve been given, then; especially the greater gifts: Baptism, the preaching of the Word, and the Sacrament. These must never be taken for granted, but used. And using them we find the forgiveness of sins granted by them. How much we’ve been given! How much we need to use it! Sermon for midweek of Septuagesima.