3 - Thinking about the man who only received one talent
Thinking about the parable I had the thought that while the other 2 servants had faith and confidence to go and use there talons and get more. The third servant appeared to me scared of losing what he had been given. I know the reading said he was lazy (and I guess I have a habit of trying to find reasons someone might act the way they do) but he didnt seem lazy just didn't understand and had no faith in himself that he could do anything with it. He wanted to protect it and didn't realise that is not what was being asked.
I find it a difficult parable (probably because I don't understand it properly). The 3rd servant was then thrown out because he had hid the money not used it. What were his motives for doing that? Laziness? A lack of self confidence? I don't know. If I was with 2 others and told I would be given what they knew I could do, the others were given lots and me just a small amount. That would make me feel I was not as able or capable as the others and would make me panic more that I was going to mess up.
I am feeling sorry for the 3rd servant lol. Maybe I identify with him to much.
It's interesting that he says that he was afraid - it is his master who accuses him of being wicked and lazy.
And so I guess the question comes as to what he was afraid of - and from his explanation it is about who his master is and how he behaved. Maybe he didn't want to be associated with this type of activity and was afraid of that - maybe thinking of would have to live with the people around him if his master didn't return.
If that's the case its not intended to make us think of Jesus in the same was as the master in the servant's story but it is to make us think about whether we are prepared to be seen to be associated with him - with whatever gifts and abilities he has given us.