Today’s Gospel reading Jesus tells us about the parable of a man who went on a journey and entrusted his property to his servants. To one, he entrusted five talents, to another, two talents and a third, one talent.
Upon his return, the first two servants who had traded with their talents returned double what they were entrusted and the man said “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.”
The third hid his talent for fear of losing it and got an admonishment from the master. ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’
The homilist reminds us that this has parallels to how Jesus had entrusted to his apostles, and eventually us our talents when he died and rose and left this world to us.
We are all given talents. Some more than others, but the main point is we need to use them for the glory of God and to build his kingdom here on earth. We are reminded of the early missionaries who left the comfort of their homes in Europe to come to Asia and build missions around schools, hospitals etc to spread the faith in Jesus Christ.
If they did not do so, would we be Christians today?
Similarly, we are asked to risk our talents and comfort zones to go out and build. Evangelize in whatever small or large ways we are called to do so. Always listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our endeavours.
As they say in investment circles, if there is no risk, there is no returns.