This of course is a Gospel promise, to be sure – directly equivalent to “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” This is because, without the poor, there is no one capable of interpreting the words of our Lord. Apart from the poor it is a world of eyes that can’t see, ears that can’t hear. And universal lack of memory. But with the poor our Lord accomplishes two things: 1. his words are unveiled and proclaimed. 2. When they call to repentance solidarity with Him is made possible through solidarity with them.
Of course there is still the problem of systemic misinterpretation and misrepresentation of his veiled words, which thereby not only remain veiled but become a false light. Never mind that for now. This post is simply to give thanks for this particular unveiling: Where is Jesus in the “Talents” Parables?
This was not a parable about “God is sovereign” and “use your talents.” Jesus was teaching about speaking truth to power and paying the price for doing so.