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 measures 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."
Introductory Prayer: Jesus Christ, where else can I turn each
day but to you? One day, I will make
that final turn to you, and it will last for
all eternity. Yet as in everything else, you set
the pace, you take the initiative, and you are
the protagonist. You will turn and look my way first
and I, as I strive daily to do, will
respond and gaze back into your eyes. This moment
of prayer is a rehearsal for that final turn to
Petition: Lord, help me to respond
better to your love.
1. What Is This? “What is
this I hear about you?” Of course, this is just
a parable. In actuality, God doesn´t need to "hear"
anything about us since he is all-knowing. Yet, he
may very well say to us, "What is this!" as
he looks over the record of our lives and
reminds us that we are accountable for all our free
actions. Let us take a look, in our prayer
now, at the face of this Father who asks,
"What is this?" Does it not express concern over a
wound in our soul, over something that has marred
the beauty of our image as sons and daughters
of this Father?
2. A Full Account: Yes, we will
have to give that full account. The sacrament of reconciliation,
prepared by thoughtful and prayerful examinations of conscience, affords
us the opportunities to give that account, piece-by-piece, as
a preparation for the final audit. What a grace!
Are we taking advantage of it?
3. Squanderer: Could the
Good Lord accuse us of being squanderers? This isn´t the
only place in the Gospels where the word appears.
Recall that the Prodigal Son was accused of squandering
his father´s wealth. Certainly to squander is to misuse, to
use unwisely, to waste, or to use extravagantly. What
about all the graces that God has given to
us: our faith, our Catholic Church, the sacraments, the
scriptures, the example of the saints, the rich deposit of
Catholic tradition, the means that have been placed in
our hands today, the time we have been offered,
the talents we have been given? Are we squanderers? How
can I respond better to the many gifts Our
Lord has given me? How can I better “invest” my
talents for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven?
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus Christ, awaken me
to your gifts and make me zealous and generous
in using them for the good of the brothers and
sisters you have put at my side. Through my
daily examination of conscience, help me to be a good
steward so that one day I may arrive with
you and enjoy you in paradise as my eternal reward.
Resolution: I will employ the time of my
examination of conscience today to thank God for all the
graces and blessings he has bestowed upon me. I
will make a careful accounting of what God has
placed in my hands.