Posted by Randolph on Monday, November 11 11:38 pm
We who are familiar w/ Church speak usually assume that when one hears the word Master it automatically means God. What kind of a loving, caring, justice seeking God gives more to the one who has more and less to the one who has less? My hairbrained idea is that the master in this story is not God but a man. In Jesus time they did not have the resources that we now have in the US. Usually if someone were to gain it meant that someone else had to lose. What if Jesus were saying that this is not the way it is intended to be? Perhaps the master was an "observant" Jew and in order to circumvent the Mosaic Law he had others do his dirty work ie. usuary. The man who buried the talents was doing nothing wrong in the eyes of the law. He was the faithful one. The others gave in and could have used the master as an excuse. He made us do it. That may be but does that excuse us from standing in the gap for justice? We are to stand apart from the world in order to bring the world to Christ who offers salvation. At least this is the way I think I will preach this parable on Sunday. Grace, Peace and Christian Perfection.
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