First of all - slaves. Slaves were everywhere in Jesus' day and become set characters in this minatory tale. Second - urgency. Are we going to spend our lives eventually getting around to living our lives? When, if not now, will we invest for God's good Spirit?
The Parable of the Talents ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.”But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Once again we have a story that seems to presage Jesus' lament: "How I longed to teach you the ways of peace, but you would not have it. The story may have particular force for people who are presumably people of faith but who fail to invest, fail to get into the agenda of the City of God. The anger and harsh language are not the take home here. They are artifacts of the story, as is the presence of slaves. What matters is that we opt in wholeheartedly. What matters is that we do not stay passive in the face of our fears. And we never have to do what is not given for us to do. What we need to do is whatever we can do. And that will be enough. That will be good.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.