First Reading: Rm 6:12-18; Psalm: 124. R. v. 8a; Gospel: Lk 12 39-48
BY FR VALENTINE NNAMDI EGBUONU, MSP
In the parable of today’s gospel, we see two contrasting attitudes to stewardship. A master entrusted his household to his stewards to watch over. This decision explains the trust and confidence the master had in his stewards. No wise man would risk entrusting his entire household to a stranger without fear unless the stranger had shown a well mannered and disciplined attitude to win his trust. But experiences have shown that our true self is often not known under the supervision of an authority until we are given the freedom to exercise our individual responsibilities without watch or scrutiny.
From this parable of Jesus, it is patent that true and honest stewards prove themselves in the absence of their master. A steward can either remain faithful in carrying out his duties promptly and efficiently or becomes careless, wayward and hostile to those entrusted to him. This parable reveals how we can easily deviate from our call and responsibilities which is often occasioned by pretence and insincerity. When we have the power and freedom to do things our own way; this is when our commitment to the set rules of a job is tested. We may have to reflect on how we use our God-given freedom. This is precisely the message of today’s gospel parable.
Every one of us faces the temptation of losing focus in doing what is right or required especially when given freedom of autonomy. However, we should not be elusive to the fact that every responsibility has consequences. This cautions us to be wise in exercising our freedom because we truly become free when we make wise and good decisions independent of any external superior factor. This is how wise and responsible stewards are known. Jesus calls us today to be good and responsible Christians who live to exercise their freedom in service to God and humanity; not out of compulsion but out of love and sincerity.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, help us to be responsible stewards, and guide and inspire our decisions and actions. Amen.