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What makes us truly happy?
For a brief moment we had some insight. During the height of the Covid lockdowns people widely spoke of reorienting their lives, sorting out their true priorities.And where are we now? Some people clearly have decided that enough is enough and have changed jobs, restructured their lives.
But all too often we are simply to get back to what we previously saw as normal as fast as we can.
Modern living, far from heeding Jesus’s words, is increasingly concerned with such questions as ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ But will this search for possessions and wealth ever make us truly happy?
Whether they be church-goers or not, most people if you asked them would agree; Advent is most definitely a time of preparation.
But, of course, the key question is preparation for what?
Indeed, the very notion of preparation would imply that we have some understanding of that for which we prepare.
Christ the King could be considered a somewhat awkward Sunday to celebrate. It can strike a rather discordant note, and ring the wrong kind of bells.
It carries the danger of conjuring up images of a Byzantine royal court of power, of wealth, riches and status.
Today’s Parable of the Talents is not really about money – despite the fact that Matthew’s listeners would have been shocked into awed silence by the sums mentioned.
Whenever we read scripture we do need to remember who was the immediate intended audience.