Here’s a fresh look at the parable of the talents. These insights come from Fr. Robert Schoenstene, a former Old Testament professor at Mundelein Seminary. He reminds us that a talent in ancient times was a measure of something weighty. The Jewish reader would have immediately brought to mind the heaviest weight of all – God’s glory. And this glory rested upon the mercy seat within the Holy of Holies in the Temple. What was heaviest of all – most glorious – was the mercy of God.
He continues by describing the talents given to the three servants as a share in God’s mercy. Mercy is always directed to the other. These “talents” are meant to be shared and they will increase precisely in the measure that they are given away. We share in God’s gift of mercy inasmuch as we offer it as a gift for others.