We are nearing the end of this Liturgical Year, and during these last weeks the Church presents us with readings which help us reflect on our life, on our commitment to live true Christian lives. It does not do this to chastise us, but rather so that we may stop, think, and change, as necessary.
In today’s parable, Jesus speaks about a man who had to go on a journey. Before he left, he divided his possessions among his three servants. Although he did not divide his possessions equally, he expected the same results. He wanted his servants to invest his money, so that on his return, he would collect more than he had originally given. Two of his servants, do just that. The third one, however, did nothing. He did not lose the money given, but neither did he invest it, so he gave back to his master the same amount that he had given him. The master is angry with this servant and praises the other two.
God gives us many talents. However, we sometimes fall in the trap of comparing ourselves to others. We focus too much on the capabilities of others and on our deficiencies. Today’s Gospel wants us to dispel these negative thoughts and to focus instead on the many gifts God has given us. God forgets no one. He does not give us the same number of talents, we do not all have the same talents, either. God gives us what we need. The number of talents given is not important to God. He wants us to discover these gifts and look for opportunities to use them wisely. This is not an exercise we are to do once in a lifetime. On his return, the master gave the first two servants more talents. Even God gives us more talents, according to the time we are living in, and the opportunities we face, “for to everyone who has, more will be given.” Let us not underestimate even the little things we do, those things which we deem insignificant. As we will hear in next Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us: “whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
We should not forget about the third servant. The master was not angry because he had tried to do something with the money, and it went wrong. The master was angry because this servant just did nothing. God is love. God is ready to help us. He is ready to forgive our wrongs. However, he does not tolerate indifference and laziness.