”and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
Last night I had the privilege of attending a dinner for the outgoing CEO of Wesley Mission Queensland, Geoff Batkin. As the night rolled on and people shared stories of working alongside Geoff in seeking to create a compassionate, just and inclusive society, what became evident were the ways in which Geoff embodied the words of Micah 6:8 in his life and leadership. Not only that, what became crystal clear were the extent to which every person in that room participated and brought their best selves to the work of Gods mission that is realised through Wesley Mission QLD. Albert St Uniting was well represented throughout the evening, and Geoff’s own stories took people back to the original foundations of the mission of this place.
This Sunday we look at the parable of the Talents found in Matthews gospel (Matt. 25:14-30). This parable tells the story of a manager who gave three of his workers moneys to invest while he was absent. As the story unfolds we hear what each does with the money. When the Manager returns he checks in with each to see how they’ve prospered, or not. You probably know the story, to the one who had much, more was given while to the one who had nothing, even what he had was taken away. But how would the manager have responded to the fourth servant, the one who invested his money and lost it? Parables are living stories and they challenge us to constantly engage with them.