Dear Friends in Jesus Christ,
We see in the First Reading Abraham believes in God’s Promise of the Promised Land and he left everything and set out to a place unknown to him. And we see in the Second Reading St. Paul defines what faith is. He says, “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” He also explains to us how Abraham was faithful to God and received the Promised Land. We are a people who have been promised inheritance and life; we are “heirs of the same promise” made to Abraham. We have, therefore, put our hope in God: “Our soul waits for the Lord,” who will come when we least expect him. The Gospel explains to us that our waiting is not passive; we are to keep our belts tightened and our lamps burning “like men awaiting their master’s return from a wedding.” So when the command comes to “be watchful and ready,” it means for us to go about “putting into effect with one accord the divine institution.” Waiting for Christ to return means working for the coming of the Kingdom of God. It means fighting poverty; ending the hatreds that divide us; establishing peace among individuals, within families, in society, and among the nations of the world; curbing the pride that causes us to become confrontational with God and with each other; building social structures that respect the dignity of individual humans.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus tells two parables; one about servants and one about stewards. In the parable about the servants, he mentions a reward for the good ones. In the parable about the stewards, he adds a punishment for the bad ones. The bad steward will be assigned a place with the unfaithful. The unfaithful are those who don’t have what faith alone will get you (that is Heaven): union with the Lord. We are called to be servants and stewards at the same time. So what is a steward, and what does it take to be a bad one?
A steward is a person who has servants under him. In the parable, those who are under the steward are the Lord’s servants. So to be a steward of the Lord is to have in your power other people who are servants of the Lord. If you are a father, a mother, a teacher nurse, a coach, or a boss, a priest you are a steward.
And so it is easy for anybody to count as a steward of the Lord. Every person who has any human beings in his power is a steward of the Lord, just because he has some kind of charge over other human beings—and every human being is, a servant of the Lord’s. If you are the mother of small children, you are a steward of the Lord’s too because these small human beings are in your charge.
Two things mark out the bad steward. First, he considers his own needs and desires first and foremost. He does not care enough about the needs and desires of those who are in his power. Second, when he deals with those in his power, he treats them unjustly. A mother who watches TV instead of caring for her children or who lets the older child tyrannize the younger one is a bad steward. A president of a company who assigns raises not to reward merit but to get revenge on his political enemies in the company is a bad steward too. Jesus expects us to be a faithful steward and a vigilant servant of the lord. So as we continue with the Holy Eucharist let us ask the Lord to bless us to be a faithful steward and a vigilant servant.
Let us pray, Lord Jesus you alone are my treasure and joy of my heart. Give me the grace to take care of and faithfully serve the people entrusted to me and ever ready to welcome you when you come as your faithful servant. Amen.
God Bless You,