Let me take you to the reflection of the Gospel from the point of view of the contemporary time… (note: a “talent” mentioned in the gospel is not our contemporary understanding of the word – like singing or dancing. Rather, a weight of a metal with the corresponding monetary value.)
The Gospel says… A rich man will leave his home, but before leaving, he entrusted his wealth to his servants. To one he gave 5 talents, to another one he gave 2 talents and to another he gave 1 talent. Surely, he was thinking of profit when he comes back.
The one who received 5 talents went to business and profited 5 more. The one who received 2 talents did the same, went to business and profited 2 more. The other who has received 1 talent dug a hole on the ground and buried the rich man’s money.
The rich man, their master at last returned and asked for an accounting of what was entrusted to his servants. The first one presented the 5 he received and the 5 he profited. The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ The second servant presented the 2 he received and the 2 he profited. The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’
Let us take a closer look on these two. The two servants have differed on the quantity of what they received, 5 talents and 2 talents. But the praises and the reward that the master gave were exactly the same for the two servants. For the Lord, and this should also be for us, the quantity doesn’t matter and should not matter (nothing to be envious of the other person who has more). The reward-word from the master is the same for the one who received 5 and for the one who received 2. The thing that would matter to the rich man, to the master, to the Lord, is, you were entrusted big or small and you used them well and you made a profit out of it.
Let us take a closer look at ourselves brothers and sisters! No matter how big or how little we have received, use it to serve God.
As to the servant who received 1 talent, he dug a hole on the ground and buried his master’s money. When his master returned and asked for an accounting of what was entrusted to him, he presented the talent he received. It was intact, not a part was lost BUT no profit. The master said, ‘You wicked and lazy servant… Take the talent from him… And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside.’
Now, a closer look on this one. The master was angry because the servant did not use the talent entrusted to him. He then ordered his other servants to take the 1 talent given to this lazy servant and then throw him outside. There will be no praises and no reward from the rich man, the master, the Lord because the person did not use what was entrusted to him.
Let us take a closer look at ourselves brothers and sisters! Are we really using everything that was given to us?