33rd Sun A
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
When the third slave offered his excuse to the Master, it was essentially: “It was your fault I did nothing.” He listed what he saw as the Master’s failures: he was hard, he was successful, finishing with “I was afraid”. Such judgement of the Master and such fear doesn’t seem to have hampered the first two slaves. In fact, when given an extraordinary amount of money, they saw it as an opportunity to act like their Master – to be creative, to take risks. In the Jesus Mafa painting (click red text to view the picture) we see the differences between the slaves well-illustrated. The first two slaves are joyful, full of life. The third slave stands back aloof, but also smug. While playing the role of ‘poor me’ he had actually judged the Master in such a way as to justify his own laziness.
The image we have of God can hamper or hinder our actions. If we view God as a tough Master waiting to pounce on our every failing, we will be like the third slave, querulous and ineffective, blaming others for our failure. But if we view God as a generous, creative Master, who has lavishly bestowed on us differing abilities and who daily offers us opportunities to show loving-kindness and mercy to all, we will find ourselves not only desiring to be like God but acting like God as well. Then we will find that our lives are rich in love and that we have entered into the joy of our Master.