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Dark, Through Into


At the conclusion of the Parable of the Talents, the master said about the one who did not earn anything out of the one talent he has received, “Throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth” (Mt 25:30).

Jesus painted a picture of heaven as a glorious celebration taking place at night with flaming torches in the banquet hall. It will be dark outside. Therefore, casting out into the darkness is expulsion from the divine feast. The absence of light is a representation of the lack of Jesus’ spiritual guidance. It is a stage of emptiness, a dearth of delight, and cessation of expectation. Throwing into the dark expresses the eternal punishment in hell (Mt 8:11-12).

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