Countercultural

Parable of the Talents
between 1400 and 1500

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one–to each according to his ability.” Matthew 25:14-15

I am imagining another scenario: the man gave a fourth servant half a talent. This servant bought bread with the talent and distributed it to the poor, the widows, the orphans, the lame, and the ill. When the man returned from his journey, all of those who had received bread were waiting to give him thanks.

What would the man say to the servant to whom he had given half a talent?

Sometimes it is necessary to be countercultural, to refuse to contribute to a system that seeks its own gratification and forgets those in need.

2 thoughts on “Countercultural

  1. michelemariepoetry.com

    Didn’t He say in the gospels, he would reward 100 fold those who’d given up everything for Him!!!
    Jesus was counter-cultural for sure!!!
    And, ” Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.!” so yes, rewards a-plenty!!!

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