Matthew 25:14-30 or 25:14-15,19-21
The term “Hobson’s Choice” crept into the English language in the late seventeenth century. Thomas Hobson was then a liveryman in Cambridge, England. And, according to his established policy, every customer who came to his stables to rent a horse was required to take the horse that stood nearest the door. The customer had no option. It was the horse nearest the door or no horse at all.
The “Parable of the Talents” in today’s Gospel Lesson gives us a “Hobson’s Choice.” If we want to experience the abundant life Jesus offers us, if we want to grow into the uniquely beautiful person God created us to be, we must accept the cross Jesus offers us. Its a “Hobson’s Choice” in that there is no alternative. If we want to experience the good life, we have no options. “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple,” Jesus said (Lk. 14:27).
In the matter of crosses, Jesus…
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