This week the narrative lectionary offers two choices. For both I've updated my previous posts.
Parable of the Talents
ταλαντον ("talent", a measure of gold weight worth roughly a million
dollars or 20 years worth of a standard persons wages, 25:15). While
this parable may produce guilt and anxiety in us that we don't do
enough, it is worth remembering that anyone who gives away 5 talents to
his slaves (not friends, slaves) doesn't value money they way the
rest of us do. 5 talents would be 5-10 million dollars; 100 years
worth of human labor entrusted!
Parable of the Bridesmaids
A long explanation of why Bridesmaids is a better translation than virgin for παρθενοις.