16th Sunday – The Parable of the Talents


In summary, "Receive not the grace of God in vain"

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Matthew 25:14-30 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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  1. The way this passage and pericope lays claim to my senses is in the aspect of our Orthodox faith is the living out of our Chrismation. A priest from my youth once remarked that Holy Chrismation is like a Rite of Ordination into the priesthood of the Body of Christ–that is–just as we have Priests who minister to us the Holy Mysteries, so the Chrismated are priests who, by their behaviour and example minister the living presence of Christ God to the world outside the church within which we work and live. Except for Monastics, we spend more time with the unchurched than with the Church….so….unless our faith goes beyond the dome, unless we take the living Christ with us to the world who so desperately is in need, then in a sense, we are burying our talent in the ground. To come to church is minimal—but we must do the other also, we must live as Orthodox Christians 100 percent of the time and not be afraid to take the risk of sharing it with others. We should not keep it to ourselves! Let our light so shine!

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