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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Jesus tells the story of a master going on a long journey. He entrusts his money to his three servants while he is away. The money is the greatest unit of accounting Greek money, based on the weight of a precious metal such as silver or gold. The master gives each of them the responsibility for a huge amount of money according to each one’s ability. While the master is away, the servants take the initiative in managing his property.
After a long time, the master returns and calls the three servants for an accounting. The first and second servants have doubled his money. The master is thus overjoyed and rewards them for being “good and faithful” stewards. The third servant, however, has hidden the money, for fear of his master, and now returns it to him. The master gets angry and condemns him as a “wicked, lazy servant.”
Jesus’ story is not difficult to understand, for the scene is very contemporary. It speaks of a down-to-earth reality about taking responsibility and being accountable to the boss for money or task. The initiative one takes will determine the success or failure of the enterprise.
As a parable, however Jesus’ story is saying something more. Saint Matthew touches on the end-time where the master is Jesus, the Son of Man coming back to judge the world. The servants are the disciples entrusted with his work or mission while they await his coming. During his absence, since only God knows the day and hour of his return, the disciples are enjoined to be watchful and to act appropriately as responsible stewards.
Good and faithful disciples imitate God, who us good, and are consistent with their commitment as trusted servants. They will be rewarded with greater task and responsibilities as they enter into the joy and abundance of the reign of God. On the contrary, the disciples do not perceive the love and trust of the master for them and do not appropriately act or take risks on the tasks and responsibilities, due to fear and laziness, cannot come before God’s presence.
The parable speaks about discipleship, especially the relationship of trust and love between the Master and the disciples, and the latter’s commitment to fulfil the tasks and responsibilities entrusted them in the Christian community.
Your servant in Christ,
Father Khanh D. Nguyen, Pastor