- The Dishonest Steward (9/18/2022)
Today’s Gospel passage involves a parable Jesus tells His disciples about a man working as a steward. This steward has used his master’s property for his own gain and when the master finds out about his impropriety takes action to terminate the stewards’ employment. The master gives the steward some time to make an accounting of the master’s property. What we hear is that rather than make a proper accounting the steward again uses the master’s property for his own gain. At this point you would think the master would take some kind of action to immediately curtail this man’s ability to make deals in his name, but Jesus says the master commended the steward. We must ask; “why would he be commended for such action?”
Jesus makes some confusing statements next; “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” This statement doesn’t seem to make sense with Jesus’ prior teaching and how we should view money.
Here’s what I believe Jesus is trying to tell us; that we may find ourselves in situations where we have to deal with those whose moral compass has gone bad, and we can make the best of the situation by doing what is right. When we do good in the face of wrong we are the children of light. This applies to all areas of our lives, our family interactions, our jobs, our relationships with others, and our dealings with the government. By placing Christ at the center of our decisions we can align ourselves with Him and change others who may struggle with their moral compass. So be honorable in all things, big and small and you will be at peace with your conscience. Then you will be among the children of light.
May God bless you!