Monday, 26 September 2022

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Baby Jesus in Bethlehem

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Parable of the Talents (Luke 19:11-27)                                           By Norman Kiguhi

Literal

In these verses, a parable is told of a man who came from a noble family and was to be made a king in a distant land, then return. He wanted to leave his talents with the subjects then collect them when he came back. The subjects did not like him to be their king. The man was finally made king, then returned to ask for an account of his money. The first reported he had made ten more. He was congratulated and made in-charge of ten cities. The second earned five more and was entrusted to lead five cities. The third returned what he was given as it was but wrapped in cloth because he feared the giver. The man was annoyed that the subject did not even bank the money so that it could earn an interest. The man ordered the money taken away from him and be given to the one who had more. Everyone wondered why they should be added to the person who already had more than the rest but the man replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. ”

 

Allegorical

Luke is introducing us to ‘A MAN’, who is this man? The man can be understood as God. In other contexts, this man can as well be Jesus Christ himself or the larger divinity of the Trinity. From the story of creation of man in Genesis 1:26: And God said, Let US make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. From this perspective, the SUBJECTS in the story are me and you – human beings.  And the TALENTS are the various responsibilities that we were created to perform. Therefore, God created us to take care of his creation and the other responsibilities we serve in our society. These other responsibilities may be about leading others, protecting people and fighting for the rights of other. The responsibilities can also be the gifts God gives to us; the gift of singing, teaching, counseling, leading, parenting and many others.

 

Moral
Brothers and sisters, clearly, the word is communicating to each one of us. We are invited to perform our duties knowing that they are responsibilities given to us by God. We are called to be ready to give an account of each of those duties that are assigned to us. The word is also sending a message to us that God prefers working with those who are ready and willing to do what he asks of them. We need to be readily available to serve, which will translate to more duties and blessings that come with those tasks. The word is also reminding us, at the end of it, we shall all give an account of what we did…

 

Anagogical

…“For many are called, but few are chosen”(Mt 22:14) …to enter the kingdom of God!

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