Our gospel lesson, the second of the three great parables concluding Matthew’s “apocalyptic discourse,” is the familiar parable of the talents. Our readings of this parable usually focus on the “talents” themselves, their value and the use to which they are put. We might do well to consider instead the attitudes of the three slaves (us) toward their master (God). How each sees the Master—as hard, demanding, punishing or as good, generous, creative—determines how each will live, both now and in the age to come. What is your image of God?
This Sunday at the baptism of Hudson Morgan Israel, as we gather at the font, we will sing Hymn 490 from The Hymnal, 1982, “I want to walk as a child of the light.” The refrain says, “In him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.” In our prayers for Hudson, we will ask for that light to be within him and known to him all of his life. We will promise to help him know God as loving, generous, and kind. We pray the same for all of our children and for ourselves.