Daily Reflections

Matthew 25:14-30

Britain’s Got Talent is a television show which searches for Britain’s best amateur talent act. The show is hugely entertaining, featuring singers, dancers, comedians and variety acts as well as a wide and exotic range of eccentric, bizarre and occasionally off-the-wall performers. Since there is no age restriction, the public and judges see talent across the ages. The winner of the show receives £250,000 and gets to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen and members of the royal family.

Self-evident and apparent on watching this show is not only the sheer range of talent in the country but also the fact that while some contestants have great natural talent and shine, some have only a modicum of talent which they have tried hard to develop and yet others simply don’t have any talent at all!

Our word ‘talent’ finds its roots in the very familiar parable of the Talent. In first-century Palestine a talent was a very large sum of money, the equivalent of 6,000 denarii (one denarius was a day’s wages for a common labourer). The overarching theme of the parable is the need to make full use of the gifts, abilities and talents God has given us. The productive servants are sharply contrasted with the unproductive servant who returns his talent to the Master with no gain, no compound interest – in effect a wasted investment.

We all have different gifts, abilities and areas of expertise. Some excel at academic work, others are brilliant artisans; some are great at dealing with people, others are better at fixing equipment or machines; some are good communicators, others develop a deep empathy with those who are suffering; and so on.

We believe, however, that the greatest gift we can receive is not a gift of nature but the gift of the Holy Spirit himself. When we are baptized we receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit and when we are confirmed we are strengthened in the Holy Spirit. The fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit enable us to grow in holiness, spread the gospel and build the kingdom on earth, so that we are able to return fivefold or tenfold for the investment God has made in us.

Lord Jesus, thank you for the greatest gift of all, the wonderful grace and treasure of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31  •  Psalm 32(33):12-13, 18-21
Matthew 25:14-30

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