Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14-30
Then 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; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But 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? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For 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. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” –Matthew 25:24-30
I will admit that I see the world uniquely, some might say peculiarly. When I read the words above, I instantly thought the man who hid his talent reminded me of the very wealthy citizens of the USA who work so hard to avoid paying taxes, investing their time and energy in exploring tax loopholes or moving their money to offshore accounts. They prefer to buy politicians rather than invest their wealth in improving their country. The other parable that applies here is The Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21). The church may contribute to their delinquency as it craves the mite the rich might toss its way. Of course, there are the Warren Buffett’s of the world who seem to gain joy from their philanthropy.
Perhaps the greatest problem with the example, of those who hoard their wealth, is the rest of us see them as role models. If we become just like them will we be rich and famous too? Greed causes much of the grief in our world today. Christ as a role model gives generously of himself and thrives on the wellbeing of others.
Prayer: Forgive us, O Lord, when we chase after the ways of the world rather than following your example. Guide and direct us to follow you more nearly. Amen.