Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Dishonest Steward...

In the 1st reading for this Sunday’s Mass, Our Lord warns those who are dishonest and take advantage of the poor and the needy. God then goes on to say that never will He forget what they have done. In the Gospel, we find another dishonest steward who has squandered his master’s property. Knowing that he is about to lose everything, the steward then sets off to prepare for his ultimate demise so he has at least some benefit coming to him after he loses his job. Our Lord is not praising this dishonest steward’s behavior but rather offering him as a lesson to each of us in regards to our spiritual life. This dishonest man is at least looking to his future after all he has done and preparing himself for it and this man is willing to do almost anything to ensure his future. If this dishonest man is doing this in regards to his future welfare, how much more should we be determined and prepared for our own spiritual future once our earthly life has come to an end at death. How are we being accountable for what we have received from our Master in regards to what we own, our gifts and talents, and even more so the spiritual gifts we have received?

Our Lord is teaching us that there should be an aspect of urgency in our daily life of preparing ourselves for eternal life. We, as the Catechism teaches us, have only a limited time to bring our own lives to fulfillment. How are we using the gifts and talents God has given to us for building up the Kingdom of God around us realizing we that each one of us will have to give an accounting before God with what we have received from Him and what we have done with His gifts. Rather than using our wealth and possessions for own benefit, how are we sharing it with those who are most in need? Am I seeking friends with the poor who will pray for me and even poorer, the souls in purgatory who await for our prayers and need our assistance in helping them to be free so they can more quickly go to Heaven? How thankful will these spiritual friends be in pleading our cause from the other side?

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1007: Death is the end of earthly life. Our lives are measured by time, in the course of which we change, grow old and, as with all living beings on earth, death seems like the normal end of life. That aspect of death lends urgency to our lives: remembering our mortality helps us realize that we have only a limited time in which to bring our lives to fulfillment: “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, . . . before the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”

We have been entrusted with much… our families, our relationships with our friends, the spiritual gifts we receive such as our life in Baptism, our prayer life, Holy Scripture which guides us in our daily life, the Sacrament of Confession, the gift of the Body and Blood of Our Lord in the Eucharist, our own personal talents that can be used to help others and to build up the Church… Our Lord is asking us to recall what we have received from Him and realize that we, like this earthly steward, must prepare ourselves for when our own time in this life has come to an end and we have to give an accounting before Our Master.

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