Updated: Nov 25, 2020
Last Sunday’s Gospel as per Matthew (25: 14-30) “For even as a man going into a far country, called his servants, and delivered to them his goods; And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey”…
I thought that it would be interesting just to break down what the man gave to his slaves based on today’s monetary value so that we can understand what was involved in Our Lord’s Jesus Christ Parable of the Talents.
The talent was the heaviest or largest biblical unit of measurement for weight, equal to about 75 pounds or 35 kilograms of gold or silver. Experts believe that the “talent” would be worth between $2.8 million dollars and $3.2 million dollars – for the sake of argument let's attribute an even number of $3 million dollars.
In our present times, it would be very hard – if not impossible - to find an individual to provide $15 million dollars to the slave that got 5 “talents”; $6 million dollars to the salve that got 2 “talents” and $3 million dollars to the one that only got 1 “talent”.
Everything we've been given on this Earth comes from God. In the parable of the talents, the ruler grants his servants some money to invest wisely. So, when the third servant decides to hide the money and not put it to good use, it shows a lack of understanding of the gift he was given.
In the end, I believe that we are all judged according to what we did with what we had, not what we ended up with.
Jose Carlos Cardoso