Matthew 25:14-30 (NRSV)
14"For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' 21His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' 23His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 26But his master replied, 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
Trinity Lutheran of Hawthorne, CA, has a K-8 day school and a preschool. Passing on the faith is part of who we are as a church and multiple generations have sent their kids to Trinity’s school. Today’s parable looks at the “economics” of what gifts have been entrusted to each person and how that trust results in an education for everyone.
This parable is one of three parables that come near the very end of the book of Matthew—and what is striking to me is how they are part of Jesus’ last teaching before the story of his passion picks up. It is as if Matthew knew we needed to hear such words to steel us in preparation for Jesus’s death, resurrection, and anticipated return.
As we care for the next generation, as I see kids come to school each day here, what is the final word I would want them to carry with them in their hearts, heads, and hands? What is on your list?
Inspire our hearts to tell of your great generosity and love. May we use all that you have given us for the sake of a kingdom in which everyone has a place to share and a spot at the table. In Jesus’s name, Amen.