Am I a good and faithful servant to the LORD? Are you? Tonight (or this weekend) at Mass we read about 3 servants that were trusted with their master’s money. Each was entrusted with an amount equal to his or her capabilities. Two of the three returned with a profit of what the master had given them. The third? Well, the third didn’t fare so well because that servant was fearful of what the master expected and misinterpreted the master’s actions.
The first servant was given 5,000 and in turn made 5,000 more. The master was well pleased and told the servant, “Well done, my good and faithful servant! Come, share your master’s joy!” The second servant was given 2,000 and made 2,000 more. Again the servant was told to share in the joy and how proud the master was of this servant. The master also told these servants that “because [they] were good in small matters [they] will be given more responsiblity.” I sure hope this is how the LORD sees me.
The third servant, on the other hand, was afraid and decided to bury the 1,000 he was given. Upon the master’s return, the servant returned only the 1,000. The master was furious and basically threw out the servant and gave the servant’s 1,000 to the first servant who had now 10,000.
So what is the moral of this story? Well, I can’t say I know the exact answer. I know one moral might be to take risks and not get too cautious. Another moral is to be responsible for what you have and much will be added to your responsibilities. But, truthfully, I have no idea what to say. I’d be excited to hear your thoughts on this.
Until then, I hope we can all be good and faithful servants to Jesus our LORD.