First Reading: Eph 3:2-12; Psalm: Is 12:2-3. R. v. 3; Gospel: Lk 12 39-48
FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY
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 take care of. This gesture explains the trust and confidence the master had in his stewards. Because no wise man entrusts his entire household to a stranger without fear unless the stranger had shown a disciplined attitude to win his trust. But life experiences have shown that our true self is usually not known under an authority except when we are given an individual responsibility without watch or scrutiny.
From this parable of Jesus, it is clear that true stewards frankly reveal their true selves 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 responsibilities which can be caused by pretence or by the temptation to do things our own way especially when we have the time and power to do so. We may have to reflect on how we use our God-given freedom. This is precisely the message of this parable.
Every one of us faces this temptation of losing focus in doing what is right especially when we are free and not monitored. However, we should not forget that we are going to take responsibility for every action we take. This calls us to be wise in exercising our freedom because we truly become free when we make wise and good decisions. This is how wise and responsible stewards are known. Jesus calls us today to be responsible Christians who live to exercise their freedom in service to God and man.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, guide and inspire our decisions and actions. Amen.