The Parable of the Talents was the Gospel reading from Matthew 25 today. It’s the one where a man goes on a journey and entrusts his possessions to 3 servants. To one he gives 5 talents, to another 2 and the last 1. The expectation of the man is that his servants would find ways to use and increase what they were given. When he returned from the journey, the one with 5 made another 5, the one with 2 made another 2 and the one with 1, buried it in the ground and gave it back to his master on his return.
In the most simple of ways, I look at this as using the gifts (talents) God gives us. We are servants also and to serve God, we serve each other. I have always admired athletes and the amazing gifts they have been given. I admire musicians, singers and entertainers who have been given great talents. Sports and music have been two entities that I have enjoyed throughout my life. These athletes and musicians usually work extremely hard to have the success they have achieved. Burying their talents is not usually on their daily agenda.
This Gospel reading was coupled with a passage from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian which said … “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God.” The final words of the passage said … “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”
Since my journey with Christ, I have been given the gift of humility many times. Sometimes, in ways that are very unpleasant. Every talent we have is a gift from God. How can I ever boast that I worked hard to achieve this or I was smart enough to do that. It is all about God and he receives the glory when I use what He gives me instead of burying it. I would have nothing without His grace and love for me. Today, I am very thankful for all I have been given especially my talents and my crosses. Amen.