Gospel Reading and Thoughts for November 16, 2014

Gospel  – Matthew 25:14-30

Jesus told his disciples this parable:

“A man going on a journey

called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.

To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one–

to each according to his ability.

Then he went away.

Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,

and made another five.

Likewise, the one who received two made another two.

But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground

and buried his master’s money.two sons

 

 

After a long time

the master of those servants came back

and settled accounts with them.

The one who had received five talents came forward

bringing the additional five.

He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents.

See, I have made five more.’

His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.

Since you were faithful in small matters,

I will give you great responsibilities.

Come, share your master’s joy.’

Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,

‘Master, you gave me two talents.

See, I have made two more.’

His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.

Since you were faithful in small matters,

I will give you great responsibilities.

Come, share your master’s joy.’

Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said,

‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person,

harvesting where you did not plant

and gathering where you did not scatter;

so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.

Here it is back.’

His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!

So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant

and gather where I did not scatter?

Should you not then have put my money in the bank

so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?

Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.

For to everyone who has,

more will be given and he will grow rich;

but from the one who has not,

even what he has will be taken away.

And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,

where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'”

 

Pretty harsh gospel.  No one likes to think of the useless servant in the darkness wailing and grinding his teeth.  But what Jesus is warning us against is wasting our talents.  Not our “talents” as are enumerated in this gospel, but all the gifts that He has given us.  All of the blessings, all of the skills, all of the abilities.  Perhaps your talent is music – you could join the choir or at least sing to and with your little ones.  Perhaps your talent is patience – you could sign up to teach Children’s Church or be a beautiful example for others in your playgroup and school.  Perhaps your talent is baking – you can offer to make meals for the priests or a friend in need.  We may feel that we not be gifted, but what little we may think we have can be given back to God and He will turn it into so much more – into a fruitful blessing in our lives.

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