“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
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.’
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
After qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in the 100m sprint, U.S. runner English Gardner broke down, fell on her knees, and cried out, “Thank you, Jesus. O God I praise you!”
I love watching the Olympics. I am inspired by athletes who have dedicated years towards their craft. I am moved witnessing people who acknowledge not only their own hard work, but the sacrifices many people have made for them. They thank their family, friends, coaches, and their country for helping them reach that special moment on the Olympic stage.
God has been slowly working in each of us over the last 10, 20, 50, 80 years. God labors each day so our hearts beat and our lungs breathe. God shapes us through our relationships, experiences, struggles, and joys. The creator dreams us to be all that we are. How have you given glory to God for your “talents?”
Oh Lord, my God,
You called me from the sleep of nothingness
merely because in your tremendous love
You want to make good and beautiful things.
You have called me by name in my mother’s womb.
You have given me breath and light and movement
and walked with me every moment of my existence.
I am amazed, Lord God of the universe,
that you attend to me and, more, cherish me.
Create in me the faithfulness that moves You,
and I will trust you and yearn for You all my days. Amen.
—Joseph Tetlow, S.J.