With all the Penn State news this past week I was not surprised to see the assigned Gospel for this week was fitting. If I had thought about it I would have been even less surprised. These last two weeks of the Church Year are about the end of times, the final judgement. And judgement (all kinds and the lack of it) have been part of what we have hearing all week. So here is this week's judgement Gospel.
Matthew 25:14-30The talents this week were the young lives entrusted to Jerry Sandusky and others. The talents were the young lives he said he was there to help. The talents were the university students who have now been brought into the midst of something not of their doing.
14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
When the owner comes back and asks Sandusky and Paterno, university officials and non-profit leaders what they did with the talents entrusted to them they will hide their heads in shame. They will stand convicted by their actions, their lack of actions or just the desire to stand by and ignore what was happening.
Hear the prophetic words where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth...
coming first from the victims. Listen. Listen. They call to all of us.