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November 19, 2017
The 5 cent chocolate bar, the 10 cent candy bar, the 15 cent hot dog, also the 20 cent ice cream are all things of the past. Your coins seem to have lost their value. A man proudly told me that he has been faithful to give $5/week to the church for the last 20 years. I admired him, and I also thought that his $5 was a treasure 20 years ago but does not go too far nowadays. Even two thousand years ago, while talking about investment, Jesus spoke of talents, not coins (see the Gospel reading of this Sunday).
The talent was the heaviest or largest biblical unit of measurement for weight, equal to about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms. Now, imagine the opulence of this enemy king's crown when it was placed on King David's head:
"He took the crown of Milcom from his head; the weight of it was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone; and it was placed on David’s head." (2 Samuel 12:30)
In the New Testament, the term "talent" meant something very different than it does today. The talents Jesus spoke of in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35) and the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) referred to the largest unit of currency at the time.
One who possessed five talents of gold was a multimillionaire by today's standards. Some calculate a talent in the parables to be equivalent to 20 years of wages for the common worker.
Knowing the actual meaning, weight, and value of a term like talent can help give context deeper understanding, and better appreciation about the generosity of God.
The parish is not a business nor a corporation that produces worldly profit for your investment. Your money which you put in the collection basket will not make your bank account increase but it nourishes the life of the parish to serve God, you, your children and your children’s children. Your contribution is somehow a way you return the profit to God who has entrusted you the talents.
We encourage you to use church envelopes (Please pick up your envelope box) or automatic deposit, not only coins. Why? Your financial contributions to the parish qualify for Income Tax deductions. That means you will take back some money and in that way you have more to give.
A wealthy man pondered Jesus’ teaching on giving and he was deeply depressed by the whole thing. One day an angel came to comfort him: “Why are you so sad?” He answered: “Because of my master’s teaching on giving. Does it mean that I have to give again, again, and again?” The angel replied: “No son, not at all. You have to give only as long as God gives to you. If God ever stops giving you, then you won’t have to give to others. Do you understand? By the way, God will continue to give you-except in much greater abundance than you could ever give.”
Thank you for your generous support. God Bless you!