St. Matthew 25: 14 – 29; (2Thessalonian 1)

Feb. 13, 2022

14 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.

Preparation and faithfulness; that’s the story of this parable. Today is Septuagesima – the ninth Sunday before Easter and the third Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Lent is, of course, a period of preparation. The faithful will examine their hearts and their lives in preparation for the passion of Christ. To whatever degree it is possible, we mourn and repent our many failures and strive toward a more profound appreciation and adoration of our Lord. We deal with ‘mea culpa’ – my errors; my sins.

In Advent, we prepare for the coming of our salvation; in Lent we prepare for the passion and the glorious Resurrection of our Lord. In both seasons, we examine ourselves, our souls and bodies, to present ourselves before Him “… to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice …” (Holy Communion, pg. 81, 1928 BCP)

In 1 Thessalonians, chapter one, verse 11 also speaks to preparation:

11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

Each day of our lives should be spent in preparation and faithfulness, ” … for He cometh …”

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