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.” Reflection by Janet Derby Here we go with another parable that gives me pause. It seems that this servant has reason to fear an unjust master. The idea that those of us who have more will be given more seems terribly unfair. I can accept this notion if I think of the parable in terms of our gifts and talents. I am comfortable with the thought that if I don’t use the gifts that God has given me, I will not be entrusted with more. I am more uneasy with that concept in terms of money. Perhaps I need to look at this another way. The message may be that we need not live in fear of injustice greed, but rather to face risk in order to allow growth and change to occur. Prayer:
God of Justice, Thank you for being with me no matter how unfair and cruel the world seems to be. Help me to use the gifts I have to grow your kin-dom. Amen.