November 16, 2016
St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude
Talents and Needs
A nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return. He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, "Engage in trade with these until I return."
This parable is similar to what we know as the Parable of the Talents in Matthew. In each, an authority figure entrusts subordinates with a sum to utilize. Those who make nothing of that trust are held up as examples of what not to do. Even though the "talents" in Jesus' parable in Matthew refer to currency, not abilities, we often apply both parables to that area of life.
But I wonder if that is actually the point. After all, when a floor needs to be cleaned or a baby tended to in the night, what gifts are required for those works of mercy? While it's true that we all have varied gifts, I have to be careful to not use my discernment of such as an excuse to ignore the needs right in front of me.
The love of Christ--real, powerful and generous--is what I've been entrusted with and what I am to make fruitful, like Jesus did, to the cross.
Jesus, may I boldly share the grace entrusted to me.
- Amy Welborn
Revelation 4:1-11|Psalm 150:1-6|Luke 19:11-28