In today’s Gospel Jesus seems to be telling us to make the most of our talents. He asked, “Is a lamp brought to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed upon a lampstand?”
So, if we have perfect pitch. We should let people hear us sing, if we understand difficult matters, we should let people in on our clear insights.
But doesn’t that conflict with what Jesus tells us about being humble?
“Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
We should not become puffed up. The way to avoid it is to realize that we have nothing that was not given to us. Every gene in our bodies and minds came from our parents who taught us words when all we could do was slobber. All that we have learned along the way was given to us by teachers who are the ones to be pleased. In this regard a good reminder comes to us in Chapter Four, Verse Seven of Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.
“What do you possess that you have not received? But if you have received it, why are you boasting as if you did not receive it?”