Luke 16:1-8 Reflection: Stewardship

A reading from the gospel according to Luke 16:1-8

1 Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property.
2 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.’
3 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.
4 I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’
5 He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 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.’
7 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.’
8 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 the children of light.”

Refection: Stewardship

The parable of the unjust steward in the reading above is also a parable of the unjust master. The steward was unjust in his management of the master’s property and the master knew it. Instead of condemning the steward’s mismanagement of his property and his improper dealings with the debtors, the master commended him.

Jesus never condones unrighteousness. Both the acts of the stewards and his master are unrighteous. They are both worldly or sons of the world as described by Jesus Himself. They are shrewd in handling money. Yes, they both know how to deal with each other in a manipulative situation so that in the end, they make personal gain.

Jesus is calling us to be sons of the light. He does not condemn money but definitely he does not condone the evils by which people use to make money and how they spend it. As sons of the light, let us join Him in condemning greed and corruption which are present all around us. Let us also note that the squander of wealth or extravagance is bad stewardship.

The gospel above is a reminder that all of our wealth or possessions including our talents are gifts from God. We must be good stewards of them. That means we ought to use them for the good of all and for the glory of God.

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