Devotional Reading from the Daily Common Lectionary: Matthew 25:14-30
Text: For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them (v. 14)
My wife and I have a cat. Our extended family decided to take us on an “anniversary” vacation. We needed to find someone who would “watch over” our cat–food, water and a little attention. We didn’t feel comfortable just asking “anyone” because her care included “cleaning out” her liter box every day for the 10 days we’d be gone. When we finally found someone to ” fill the bill,” I must admit that I was a bit nervous as to whether or not they would follow through.
Today’s reading is about a man who went on a journey and entrusted his home affairs to others. They would act on his behalf and care for his things as much as he cared for them. This was more than a job, it was a “calling”.
The parable that Jesus told was obviously about God and “us”. While God is not “away”, the Almighty has entrusted those who take Jesus seriously to do the things that He would do. We are stewards of God’s creation Which includes one another. And God has given to each of us responsibilities commensurate to our talent or ability. God does not ask more of us than we are capable of giving. Sometimes our “talent” is in a “raw” stage and needs a bit of “polishing”, but the more we trust, listen and follow God’s lead, the more Joy, Peace, Hope and Love we experience. And through it all, God is glorified.
Lord God, give me ears to hear, a discerning mind, and a will to follow Your call. Amen.