While people were listening to Jesus speak,
he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem
and they thought that the Kingdom of God
would appear there immediately.
So he said,
“A nobleman went off to a distant country
to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.
He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins
and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’
This parable of the talents as told by Luke is similar to that of Mathews; with the talents being replaced by coins, the servants being told to trade them. The focus of the parable though shifts simply because the introduction gives Jesus reason for telling the parable. It is because his followers had thought they might gain immediate entry into that Kingdom of God. The parable then demonstrates that those who wish to enter will really have to work for entry into that kingdom, though they have the resources to enter that kingdom. Another interesting part is that those servants acknowledge that they do not like their king. It is the first two that are obedient, even if it goes against their grain and the third is defiant. Like in Mathew’s gospel the first two gain reward while the third again is reprimanded. Odd how obedience and loyalty are mandatory, they don’t get to vote for a new king. That is a tough lesson for a democratic society where everything is up to a vote, it’s a humbling experience to bow down against ones instincts. Tough lessons indeed.
Today again for the 40-day challenge, though I think I might keep this separate and simply provide a link to an earlier post:
It simply provides a reminder that breads have their season. For the beers though I offer a caution. Many of the beers that are sold during the “holiday season “are Doppelbocks that can have as many as 600 calories per glass. Many of them are from an older time when fasting was taken quite seriously, and they served as the only form of a monks nourishment for the 40 days. If one wishes to drink, perhaps it might be wise to take part in those “liquid breads” while engaging in their seasonal fast.