In the ancient world, those listening to Jesus would have known that a talent was the approximate value of fifteen years of wages, a substantial sum of money. In the story, a man is leaving on a journey, and he gives each of his servants a gift. One servant receives five talents, one receives two talents, and the last servant receives one talent. …
The distribution is neither even nor fair. As with other stories Jesus told, … this is not about fairness. It is in reference to a gift that we do not deserve or earn.
—Kenneth H. Carter Jr., A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Scriptural Imagination (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Acting with righteousness and justice is more valued by the Lord than sacrifice.
—Proverbs 21:3 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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