Saturday 2 September 2017

About Today Readings

1 Thessalonians 4:9-11. Psalm 97(98):1, 7-9. Matthew 25:14-30.

The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice — Psalm 97(98):1, 7-9.

‘The man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.’

Normally, when well-known athletes retire, praise is heaped on them for their achievements and the contributions they have made to their sport. They have developed their abilities and used them well.

However, every so often, someone retires and comes to be remembered for having failed to reach their potential. Everyone can see that a tremendous talent was squandered.

In Jesus’ day, a talent was a huge amount of money. The potential applications were endless. The servant has been given the opportunity to be creative and take his own initiative. Instead of embracing it, he turns his gift into a burden and buries his head in the sand.

Are we like this with our talents? Or are we like the first two servants, using our gifts and talents to give glory to God?

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