‘The richest 1% of people will see their share of global wealth increase to more than 50% in 2016 at the current rate of growth’. BBC report on 19/01/2015.
As it seems God is always unfair, no equal distribution on earth. This is the same in Jesus’ parables too. But at the end the reward is justifiable. In the parable of talents, the lord distrusted the talents to his servants before going for a journey. Five talents to one servant, two to one and only one to the last servant. The starting position of the parable is in inequality and unfairness of life. The master himself makes the inequality. ‘In a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor’. 2 timothy 2:20. Always, from the starting of humankind the inequality is there. That is a mystery even in the kingdom of God.
It is very interesting that the one who got less acted strangely. He must have compared himself with other servants, he may be desperate, sad of his master’s treating. In fact the ultimate rewards from the master is the same for the servants, it is sharing the joy of master. So it is not much matter how much each one received from master. For a short period of his life the inequality is there, the comparativeness is there, but after the return of the master everyone should enjoy the joy of the master.
Now another point is, master is not praising them for their results. The one who got five made five more and who got two made two more. But the master praises them for being ‘faithful’. His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:21. If one of the servants had invested money and lost some or all of it, they would still have been praised for their faithfulness.
Now the strange behavior of the third servant, he received only one talent went and hid the one talent in the ground. More over that he is making a remark of his master ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ It is clear that the attitude counts. If what he said was right he obviously expect that the master will ask for more talents from him. If what he said was wrong he is provoking the master and he intently did everything.
His wrong act is a common mistake, hiding his talent in the ground. In Matthew 23, Jesus says about some kind of people: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.” Interesting that the Pharisees did the same, hiding the knowledge and neglecting the important part. For a poor soul what is important is the kind words and love of Jesus to repent and a shelter in Him than the hard to understand theology and complications of Rites. Many of the clergy are doing the same now, discussing on same sex marriage, and spending time on Rites and Masses instead of doing the business with the talents. You don’t need to go to the clergy, but get to your home, how much you are interested in your loved ones Christian life?
“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force”. Matthew 11:12. There is no place for a safe cruiser in his kingdom. The first two servants risked their life in business to multiple what they got. Christianity is always risky. It is good to make tents on the mountain than to face the difficulties in Jerusalem. Matthew 17:4. The shallow sea is safe, but Jesus wants us to take the risk. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Luke 5. What follows is the “miraculous catch” – a whole school of fish, straining the nets and the boats to the breaking point. Peter sinks to his knees in awe before this mysterious figure: “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
Source report: ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30875633 and http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/wealth-having-it-all-and-wanting-more-338125)