“A man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“The master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. To the ones who had made more talents, their master said to them, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slaves; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
“Then the one who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’
“His master replied, ‘you wicked and lazy slave! You ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest.’
“So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.’
The meaning of this parable may be confusing, given all the times that Jesus speaks out against wealth. But here the coins that the master gives away are gifts from God, specifically the gift of knowledge that comes through Jesus. The moral is that once you hear the truth about God, which has been freely given to you, you can’t bury it inside yourself but must act on it to make it grow.
Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).