Gospel of Luke 19:11-38 Reflection:
In today’s gospel we have that story which often leads us to feel a little guilty; the parable of the talents. The man is going off to be made king and he calls his servants and gives them a sum of money each. Telling them to trade with it, he heads off and much later returns to settle the account.
One man has made a profit of ten talents, another five, but the last has hid the money in the ground and now gives the king back his one talent.
There is something in this parable that often makes people feel that they have not done their best in life, that somehow they have only contributed the irreducible minimum to the world. That is one of the problems of Christian life, we always know that we could have done better.
The whole dynamic of life is the margin between what a person is and what a person could be; this is the struggle of the Christian to try to narrow the gap between how we live and what we are called to be.
We know in our heart, and we don’t need a parable to remind us, when we are being charitable or judgmental, honest or dishonest. All of us have a conscience and this lets us know at every point what our behaviour is really like.
Perhaps if we began to listen to the conscience then we would not have as much bother with this parable!
If you have time, take a look at a video below given by Fr Barron which gives a good perspective on this parable;