How do you respond to generosity? What about when someone demonstrates generous trust in you? The Gospel text for Sunday seems to create an interesting tension between generosity and fear. And, there should be tension.
Rather than read the parable to mine the identity of the master and the slaves, what if we considered the words of servant number 3 and how the master turns those words back onto the servant revealing what we might refer to as “suspended belief.” Only, in this occasion what servant number 3 believes does not prompt a consistent response.
What would it mean for the parable to provoke in us the question of how we respond to the generosity of God in Jesus? What would it mean for the church were Jesus people to live out of their conviction that God is generous rather than somehow become fearful such generosity might be abused. It seems to be in this parable.
What are your thoughts?