Fridays: The Gospels
Matthew 25

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This is the last chapter in Matthew’s Gospel before the Passion of Jesus. It consists of two parables and the description of the final judgment. They are as three murals that fill the wall of a great hall. Your imagination will creatively continue the stories and the images before you.

If there is one word that gives unity to the three scenes, it is responsibility. Take the word in the sense of “being responsive.” The wise virgins, the persons with five and three talents, and those at the final judgment who were compassionate to the needy—each of these were responsive to the demands and the details of the presence of Jesus as Bridegroom, Master, and Son of Man.

Meditate on where you find yourself in each of these stories, noting the changes needed in your responsiveness—before it is too late.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Oil for my inner lamp v. 4
Awakened to Your presence v. 13
My talents offered to You v. 14ff
Done for th’ least, doing for You v. 45

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This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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One thought on “Responsive

  1. Greetings to One and all,

    Whenever I read today’s scripture, I am puzzled by something in it which I would like to tackle today. The scripture is from the NIV translation of the Bible.

    Matthew 25:14-15

    “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, EACH TO HIS OWN ABILITY.” (emphasis mine)

    It seems to me that the employer understood the capabilities of his employees when it came to handling money. Therefore, he handed out his money accordingly. He already knew that one of them did not handle money well. He also did not give any kind of instructions about the money. He just “entrusted his property to them.” He didn’t say to increase it. The employer seemed to me to indicated that he wanted his money kept safely.

    I have to admit that if somebody gave me money to hold for him/her, I would put it in the bank. I would not risk it on the stock market, futures, or other erratic money making schemes. I would never do that…unless the money were mine, and I had money to lose.

    Therefore, I think the wisest man was the one who put the money in a hole. He knew his employer well. I cannot imagine what the employer would have done to the employee had the employee invested and lost the one talent he had been given.

    I understand that this is a parable, but even in a parable logic needs to prevail. For me, logic does not because of the description, “each to his own abilities.” If that description had not been included, the logic of the parable would have been in tact.

    Matthew 25:24-27, 30

    “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.”

    “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and father where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest…And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”

    My impression of this employee (servant) is that he is too honest for his master’s taste. The servant charged the master with taking harvest which was not his. This blew the master’s mind…at least I think it did. Otherwise, I see no reason for this servant to be “thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

    Bible Breathe: Enjoy happiness/Please the Lord



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