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Matthew 25:14-30 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

As we gather for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, we will hear and reflect on the parable of the three servants who have been charged with their master's valuables. The story might appear to be a harsh tale of an unforgiving master, but further reflection will help us to discover some important lessons that Jesus hopes to share with his followers. Maybe the biggest lesson is trying to understand the fears and doubts we hold in our hearts, and how those "voices of doubt" hold us back from courageously and joyfully sharing our gifts from God, even when the act of sharing requires us to take risks we would rather avoid!

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Matthew 25:14-30).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the assigned Scripture lesson and reflect on your thoughts about the three men's decisions and the master's reaction to each man's report of their investments of the talents given to their care.

  • What are your thoughts about the "Master" being described as a "harsh man?" As you reflect on the third man's reply to his master, consider both that the only description of the master as a "harsh" man is from the third you think the master is stern and harsh, or might this be the man's perception of the master?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, consider who the three men might represent, and who might the master represent? Do you think there might be multiple different people who could be considered for reach role? (for example, the master might represent God, or might represent each of us as we deal with others).

  • After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, consider the third man's reaction to the master and how it influenced his actions. How might our relationship with God have an influence on how we live our lives?

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's definition of "sloth." Is this definition something you have heard before, or is this new to you? How does the idea that sloth is not simply "inactivity" but also "not caring, not loving, not living up to our full potential" add deeper meaning to the word? Do you agree with the author's definition, or do you think sloth simply means "lazy?"

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