Church of England Diocese of Norwich Ringland

Thought for the week 15th November 2020

14 Nov 2020, 9:15 p.m.

His 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.                                  Matthew 25 : 21

Bible reading : Matthew 25 : 14 - 30

Thought for the week

Jesus’ Parables often depict characters from the world. Wily managers, devious servants, harsh and heartless masters. It is the reality that as Christians we are called to remain in the world, and to be salt and light wherever we are called.

The Parable of the Tenants depicts a master whose priority is to make a profit, even when he is away, leaving the task to his servants. The master is so unfair in his expectations that he gives the servants different amounts.

Yet even the servant with only one talent has the potential to see it grow. Jesus uses this situation to teach us how the Kingdom works, how the Lord’s grace is shared, how the Lord’s name is lifted high and faith in Him grows. Often in small ways. Often with things that are unseen. Often with quiet faith, and persevering prayers.

Jesus calls us to have faith, and to know that even the very little we can do, even the little we might feel we can offer, has enormous potential in the Kingdom Jesus has come to build.

A prayer, an act of kindness, even a few words can have enormous consequences. We are called to have faith, and see Jesus transform, heal and bring His saving peace.

Rev Paul

Prayer for this week

Heavenly Lord,

you long for the world’s salvation:

stir us from apathy,

restrain us from excess

and revive in us new hope

that all creation will one day be healed

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.