O Jesus, make me your faithful servant to whom you can entrust your blessings.
Picture Jesus teaching His disciples.
This parable is directed to the scribes. Surprisingly, the emphasis is upon the third servant (a symbol of the scribes). He has received the word of God but has neglected the gift. This is a crisis parable. Jesus attempts to awaken us to the importance of each moment and the suddenness of his unexpected return.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The center of the parable is the day of accounting (The Final Judgment).
- Each is asked to produce “according to their ability.” (God does not expect extraordinary accomplishments.)
- The two servants who worked hard enter into the Master’s joy.
- The third servant is “worthless and lazy” and does not share his master’s joy.
- The contrast is stark. Two have overwhelming blessings. The third is cast out into the darkness.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Lord, I must use every day for your Kingdom.
- O Lord, you give me talents. I will use them for you.
- You give me time and ask me not to be lazy.
- You want to reward me with your joy and glory.
- O Jesus, I will work for your Kingdom and welcome your return.
- O Lord, return soon. I await you.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will ask, “What talents has the Lord given me?”
+ I will use today for the Lord.
Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation.)
Enter into the joy of your Lord.