A Christmas Message (2019),
by The Most Rev Moses Deng Bol, Archbishop of Northern Bahr el Ghazal Internal Province and Bishop of
the Diocese of Wau.
Christmas is a time to remember the birth of our Lord and
saviour Jesus Christ. Although he was born by virgin Mary Jesus was a Jew. This
beg the question as to why we remember his birth and not the birthday of other
Jews like him.
The answer is that we remember Jesus Christ not just because
of his miraculous birth but for what he has done for us. In many of his public
statements Jesus made it clear that the purpose of his coming is to preach the
Good News of the Kingdom of God. You will read one of these statements in the
Gospel according to St Luke 4:42-44.
42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The
people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to
keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of
the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44
And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
Jesus commissioned his disciples to preach the good news of
the Kingdom of God Luke 9:1-2.
1 Jesus called the twelve disciples together and gave them
power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. 2 Then he
sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick,
Jesus used parables to explain what the Kingdom of God is,
whom does the Kingdom of God belongs to and when will the Kingdom God come. One
of these parables is the parable of the talents in Mathew 25:14-30.
14 “For it will be like a man going on a
journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To
one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according
to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went
at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had
the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one
talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a
long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20
And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents
more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five
talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful
servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.
Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came
forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made
two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful
servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter
into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came
forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did
not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I
went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You
wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and
gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money
with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with
interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten
talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an
abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there
will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”.
There are two different ways in which one can interpret this
parable. One is to say that Jesus was referring to spiritual gifts that God has
given to each of us for the building up of the Kingdom of God. But also the
other way of interpreting is that by using this parable Jesus has endorsed
business. In this parable therefore we see a number of things which are needed
for a business to succeed;
Capacity or ability of the people who does the business. We
are told in the story that each of the three servants was given a certain number
of talents based on his ability or capacity.
Capital-We are also told in the parable that each of the
three servants was given the capital they needed to start the business by the
Time-The master gave the three servants time to use the
talents he gave them and make profit before asking them to give him an account
of how they have used the money.