Fr. Michael addresses what the word "talent" means (and doesn't mean) in Christ's Parable of the Talents.
What’s a talent? Who’s got talent? Generally speaking nowadays, a talent refers to a special ability someone has. This meaning of talent actually developed from the ancient meaning of the word, which had to do with weighing or scales and money. In biblical times, a talent did not refer to someone’s ability; it referred to a certain weight of gold or silver. The exact weight varied over time and by culture. It was a large amount, somewhere…