Our scripture reading today is from the Parable of the Talents. It’s another parable that may leave us scratching our heads in wonder. The master leaves and entrusts his entire estate to his servants. Two of the servants invest what’s been entrusted to their care and one, afraid of the master, buries what he’s received in the ground until the master returns. While the first two servants are rewarded, the third servant is called worthless (ouch) and thrown into outer darkness where…you guessed it…there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

While the third servant was certainly more cautious, it’s hard to imagine what was so wrong with his course of action. Did he deserve weeping and gnashing of teeth? Really? He didn’t squander what he was given. He just buried it in the ground for safe keeping. And perhaps that’s the crux of this parable. What is it we’ve been given and what is the end result if all we do is keep it safe?

Scripture passages: Matthew 25:14-30

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