Saturday after the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity Sunday
Scripture: St. Matthew 25:14-30 (NKJV)
14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'”
“For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”
It doesn’t really seem fair, does it? The one who has much is given even more; the one who has little is losing even what he has? But that is the parable Jesus tells! There can be no arguing with Him. And we misunderstand if we reduce the story to a matter of economic redistribution of wealth. This is about faith. Yesterday we saw the story of the children of the promise losing the vineyard. Today we see faith eternally rewarded, and unbelief eternally condemned.
You can’t see faith. You can only see the works it produces. Where God gives His saving gifts, faith rejoices in those gifts, and seeks to give them on. God does not intend His gifts to “dead end” with us! So as the faithful who have received from the Lord, whether much or little, we use the gifts He gives us in His service. Those who have more do more, those with less do less. But only the faithless one does nothing. This faithlessness our Lord condemns.
Each of you believe. And each of you have been given gifts for use in our Lord’s Kingdom, some more, others less. There is no need for comparisons or jealousies. Rather, God grant us this day faithfully to ask: “What has our Lord given me that I might be giving on to others today? To whom would He have me speak the good news of our Lord Jesus’ saving death and resurrection?
We pray: Lord Jesus Christ, as You give me opportunity, to grant me courage and the words to say, that I may speak Your saving mercies on to others who desperately need to hear of them. In Your Name I pray. Amen.