After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.” vs. 19Matthew 25:14-19
Most of us have at least a passing familiarity with what is known as the Parable of the Talents. It’s the story of a rich man going on a journey who entrusts his property to his slaves. One gets five talents, another two, and the third receives just one. When the master returned, he summoned his slaves and settled accounts with them. The parable reflects a pretty basic reality within any population: not everyone gets the same amount of anything, but everybody gets something. Humans are not all the same; we have very different gifts, some more than others, but all we have comes from God. And all of us are accountable for what we have been given. Some don’t really like the notion of accountability. They’d like to believe that it doesn’t make any difference how they choose to use the gifts that they’ve been given. They’d like to be able to squander away all they have with no thought of consequences. The result of that kind of behavior has been appalling. Lives have been ruined, families destroyed, and probably worst of all, the environment has been damaged almost beyond repair. Fortunately, many people, knowing that they are accountable, have invested their talents and abilities in the common good, and in their presence, life flourishes. Truly, these saints are a blessing to us all.
Thought for the Day: To whom have I been accountable in my life?