TRUSTWORTHINESS IN SMALL THINGS (MATTHEW
The master, Christ, in His first
coming, entrusted to all of us His teachings. Then, he will come
back, His second coming, to ask an accounting for what He has given
Those bringing their profit
acknowledge what is their own and what is His. Sire, you gave me
five and I made five more. . .you gave me two and I made another
two. . .recognizing that they had received from him the capital for
making profit. They are grateful and attribute to him all their
The master says: "Well done. .
." for goodness shows itself in concern for what is given you.
"Because you are faithful in small things, let me give you
greater things. Come and share your master's joy."
But one servant had a different
answer. "I hid your talent; here it is, you can get back what
belongs to you."
What does the master say? "You
wicked servant. You should have put my money in the bank; that is
what I have taught you; if you couldn't add to it you should have
given it to others in the form of encouragement and advice."
"But no one will pay attention
to me" was this servant's complaint. The master's answer was:
"Whether it will make a profit or not is not your concern. You
should have just deposited it; it is up to me to reclaim it with
interest. I only demanded the easier part; the harder part is
To the servant who was not faithful
in small things, the little given him was taken away. To the servant
who was faithful, more was given.
Each one of us has been given the
ability to do good to others; if we don't use it, it will be
taken away from us. But the zealous servant will be given greater
ability to be of help to others.
St. John Chrysostom