MY daily reflection and prayer: Friday, November 7, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Luke 16:1-8.
Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. 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.’ 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. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
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.’ 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.’
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.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Why does Jesus praise a steward who misuses his employer’s money? What does the steward do that Jesus praises him?
Jesus praises the steward for he has a prudent foresight to avert the disaster of his future. When he know that his master wants to remove him from his job, leaving him penniless and ashamed to beg or do manual work, he creatively strucks a deal with his master’s debtors. He gives some discounts to the debtors.
You know, in discounting their debts, he probably gives his generous commission. Such a deal wins him great favor with the debtors. Since he acts as the landowner’s agent, such a deal makes his master look very generous and forgiving him.
According to Jesus, this is an example of a very clever steward that will be a perfect illustration for a spiritual lesson about God and how God treats those who belong to his kingdom. Faith and prudent foresight can save us from moral and spiritual disaster.
Jesus teaches us here with something more critical than a financial or economic crisis. He wants that we avert spiritual crisis and personal moral disaster through the exercise of faith and foresight.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ who teaches us that true wealth consists not in what we have but in what we give away. There we put our lives at His service and the service of others.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You loves generosity and gives liberally to those who share his gifts with others. Teach us that our hearts must be possessed by God’s love and not by the love of something else. May we love You freely and generously with all that we possess. Help us to be a wise and faithful steward of the resources You put at our disposal, including the use of our time, money, and possessions for Your glory and for the sake of others, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
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