We tell our daughter this often.
You have one job. It’s college. Give it your best.
In today’s Gospel Reading, we are told as clearly as possible, you have one job. While the Lord delays His return, Engage in trade with these until I return.
We usually hear fishing metaphors from our Lord.
Or agricultural metaphors.
But today, it is a business metaphor.
It is still the same message – for those of us who are a bit dense and need to hear it again and again and in different ways.
Grow my Church.
To this we say, we try. We are muddling. We are afraid we might stick our foot in our mouth. Perhaps make things worse. So we bite our tongue sometimes, Lord. Surely, you understand. Being bold in this environment is more hassle than it’s worth.
Enough! You who are weak and afraid to engage in trade.
Take what I gave him to do, and give it to another.
Imagine that you are the one who didn’t engage in trade. You tap danced around the teachings of the Church. You were afraid to share boldly the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You kept your joy a secret. Received the Eucharist on Sunday and nothing during your week showed that you have a King.
You buried your gold.
But now, you stand before that King.
While there is still time, engage in trade.