Give and Get

Mark 4:21-25
And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 
For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 
If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.” 
And he said to them, “Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 
For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” 

Homily:
We see this daily and revolt against it. We think the world is rigged against the poor. We neither want to face reality nor use it to our advantage.

The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer, not because the world is rigged, but because it is a feature of life.

Idle money is as bad as debt. It will be taken away from you and given to the one who invests.

Invest in something you understand, something that protects your principal and guarantees a fair return. If you have not figured out where to invest, at least fix the money in an interest bearing account (fixed deposits, treasury bills or bonds).

This lesson is expressed best in the below parable. Read and pray for understanding.

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 
To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ – Matthew 25:14-30

My Lord and my God, nurture me to bring a fair return on the talents you have planted in me. Amen.