“Settled Accounts with Them”
Remind us, O Lord, that we have the privilege and the responsibility to use and develop the gifts, abilities, and potentialities with which you have blessed us.
Remind us that we will not do so perfectly, thereby sparing us unnecessary frustration.
Remind us also, though, that we will be able to welcome you with joy if we have, with your help, done our best.
“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.” (Matthew 25:14-19)