Here today we have another parable of Jesus that challenges us.
It is important to understand what a talent is worth. Scripture scholars suggest that one silver talent is worth about 15 to 20 years of a labourer’s wages. This a lot of money. It is also worth noting that the Master entrusted the talents according to the individual’s ability. Brant Pitre, in his commentary, says of the response of the third servant to the Master on his return when he says “I heard you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered” that he is insulting the Master, accusing him of being a kind of thief, taking what does not belong to him. The servant’s response was one of fear. It was an irrational act to bury such a large sum of money in the ground given by the generous master. He seems to have a twisted vision of the Master. He is afraid of him.
What is my response to God’s overwhelming generosity to me? Am I fearful? What have I done or what am I doing with all that Jesus has given to me? Let’s not wait for further instructions, at the end of our life. Let us act now, be creative and resourceful with all that be, have and are. We can’t hesitate about sharing the Good News of God’s loving kindness. We need to tell the world, today, NOW. If we don’t, it is like digging a hole and burying the talent.
Loving Lord give me the grace to understand the urgency of the Good News.
Help me to act now, to be resourceful and use my life and all that I have been given.
Help me to be enthusiastic about the Good News of your Loving Kindness.
Help me to see and understand how important it is to tell the world the Good News of the amazing, abundant gifts that we have all been given.