‘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.” Matthew 25:14-30
The world is full of fear and reactive behaviors these days. Fear is our own worst enemy - fear of failure, fear of judgment, fear of others' opinions, and fear of those not like us who won't understand. Fear limits us and causes us to keep from sharing what we have, those good gifts that can change the world for the better. We can left fear rule the day and our lives, or use the talents and gifts we have been given, however big or small, to make the world a less fear-filled and harsh place.
Jesus tells another parable after being sorely tested. He is still speaking to the religious leadership and those in power and authority. The story challenges all of us to invest wisely, to use our gifts for the betterment of human kind and to not let fear ruin our capacity. God had blessed us all with so much and our faith demands that we use everything we have been given. God invites us to override the fear and be a blessing to this world.
Today I ask God to help me be a blessing. May we enrich and bring peace to our world through our generosity and love. May fear be wiped out by hope, anger replaced with joy and lives be changed by our offerings today.