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Talents Parable Moral

I don't know how i forgot this.  It was the first thing i read in the Bible, or probanly anywhere else, that held my attention for more than a few minutes.  It is safe to say i've thought of it a lot.  It is right after the "parable of the talents" and is, i suppose, supposed to be the "moral" of that story.  "For unto everyone that  hath shall  be given; and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he has." (Mt. 25:29)

Well, that is the way the material world works: The rich get richer and the poor get relatively poorer.  (I would argue that they get absolutely poorer.)  2500 years of Buddhism, 2000 years of Christianity, 1400 years of Islam and 300 years of democracy and enlightenment have done almost nothing to reverse this trend.

But wait a minute, Jesus said that his kingdom was not of this world.  Just what is it that is "given" and "taken away."

If one takes Father (now Monsignor) J's "Mennonite" interpretation seriously   Then every thing in the parable must be read assbackward.  We cannot assume that whatever it is that is given or taken away is necessarily some good.  It might be something that we would better off  be without: social power, pride, greed, surplus, etc..

The mystics declare that they want nothing but "The Beloved."  And the "Beloved" cannot be described.  Being the uncreated source  of creation the "Beloved" is not a "thing."  So any thing that can be added  or taken away is irrelevant.  If we have nothing we have No  Thing and that is everything.

Sometimes the people who tried to distort Jesus' teaching to make it palatable to a more diverse and worldly audience accidentally got it right.  Yes, the little that i have will be taken away from me.  I thank  the Tao for that.


Dec. 21st, 2015 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Then out of the blue came that Merton quote
which seemed to me a perfect fit to this post.



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