Saturday 2 September 2023
1 Thessalonians 4:9-11. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice – Psalm 97(98):1, 7-9. Matthew 25:14-30.
We are asked to enrich the world with our true talents
The Gospel today speaks to us about taking risks. We never discover how the first two servants managed to double their money in such a short time. Modern investors might like to know their secret but that is not the focus of the story. The focus is first that the master trusted them, just as God trusts us with all the gifts of our minds and hearts. God asks us to use our true wealth to enrich the world. Our capacity to love, to heal, to encourage and to spread joy does precisely this. The right word at the right time can have a ripple effect through our families, workplaces and communities. Sometimes that means taking a risk to reach out.
The second focus of the story is that the third servant lived in fear. ‘I had heard you were a hard man,’ he says, relying more on gossip than any relationship. ‘I was afraid.’ Fear stifles growth. God invites us to adventurous living.