Luke 16: 1-13
Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich
man had a steward who was reported to him for
squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ´What
is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account
of your stewardship, because you can no longer be
my steward.´ The steward said to himself, ´What shall
I do, now that my master is taking the position
of steward away from me? I am not strong
enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I
know what I shall do so that, when I
am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me
into their homes.´ He called in his master´s debtors one
by one. To the first he said, ´How much
do you owe my master?´ He replied, ´One hundred
measures of olive oil.´ He said to him, ´Here is
your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one
for fifty.´ Then to another he said, ´And you, how
much do you owe?´ He replied, ´One hundred kors
of wheat.´ He said to him, ´Here is your
promissory note; write one for eighty.´ And the master commended
that dishonest steward for acting prudently. For the children
of this world are more prudent in dealing with
their own generation than are the children of light. I
tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,
so that when it fails, you will be welcomed
into eternal dwellings. The person who is trustworthy in
very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and
the person who is dishonest in very small matters
is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you
are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust
you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with
what belongs to another, who will give you what
is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will
either hate one and love the other, or be
devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot
serve God and mammon."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you are the
author of life and the giver of all that
is good. You are the Prince of Peace and my
mainstay. You are my healer and the cure itself.
I need you, and I need to give you. I
love you and commit myself to you entirely, knowing
you could never let me down or deceive me.
Thank you for giving me your very self.
Lord my Savior, today help me to exert
my heart’s effort for your cause.
1. Two Faces: To
say one thing and to do the opposite must
be the hardest moral strife for the human heart to
bear. Those who live with two faces indeed live
in a restless state. Their conscience dictates one way,
but their deeds are displayed conspicuously to the contrary.
They bear a responsibility that they are obliged to fulfill,
yet they waste time in peripheral nonsense. Thus they
let down those who might reap the benefits had
they been faithful to that responsibility. This rips the ethical
peace in the two-faced individual.
2. A Worthy Solution:
Having two faces creates suspicion in human relationships. Nevertheless,
our Lord finds a redeeming mechanism in place –
a worthy outcome to the deeds of this insincere steward.
The steward, on learning that his time is limited,
craftily conjures up friendships with the debtors he was
doing business with from the start. His master praises
the tactic used by the fired steward. The master even
studies the prudence and creativity of this current, untrustworthy
enemy so as to teach the incoming stewards how
to deal trustworthily with customers and vendors. Such dedication in
crunch times could be very useful and quite glorious
– especially when it is performed by reliable stewards.
What good could be truly achieved!
3. One-Sidedness: On one
hand, there seems to appear a great blessedness when
the steward implements skills like kindness and prudence, deals
intelligently, and does more in less time. Yet, on the
other hand, he still undermines the wishes and desires
of the master. How do I see this in
my life? In my relationship with Christ and his Church,
do I recognize the great blessedness in possessing a
love for God and in putting my skills, talents
and gifts to use solely for God’s glory and the
establishment of his Kingdom? Does everything I do, ranging
from conducting a family activity to receiving a phone
call in the office or going to a party, have
this unifying drive for God’s glory and the establishment
of his Kingdom?
Conversation with Christ: Thank you,
Divine Master, for sharing with me briefly an important
lesson in becoming a true follower of yours and
becoming truly happy in the depths of my heart. Help
me to raise my heart high, as I endeavor
to praise you by my thoughts, words and deeds.
Resolution: Today, as I deal with someone,
I will truly look for their benefit by helping
them and being kind to them.