Stewardship

Master or Steward? – Gospel for the Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary time

Master or Steward? – Gospel for the Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary time

Now, perhaps, we can see our lives as God sees them. We are stewards, not owners. Everything we have, everything we are, including life itself, is an entrustment from God to be invested in service to him and our neighbor. Whatever talent we have was given to invest in His service. Whatever time we have is to be invested in our neighbors. Whatever money we have is His and is to be used for Him. Of course, like all stewards we are to take part of what he gives to meet our legitimate needs, but even that is His, though He is very glad for our use of it.

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The Source of All Things – Second Reading of the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Source of All Things – Second Reading of the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are told that if we seek our own well-being and order or lives to suit our own bald ambitions, we will find life to the fullest, but in fact the contrary is true. Not only do we have no right to jealously guard our possessions against the wellbeing of others or the glory of God (for we are but stewards), but experience shows that those who do so end up living a diminished, fear-filled existence. They are the Gollums of the world. Life itself can only be found to the fullest when it is surrendered in trust to the God from whom it comes, for He is the Lord of Life. The same Lord who came that we might have life and have it in abundance also said that those who love their life will lose it and called each of His followers to take up their cross and follow Him.

Indeed, it is only through the cross that we have the hope of sharing in His divine life.

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Looking Out for Number One – First Reading of the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Looking Out for Number One – First Reading of the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

The idea of stewardship runs through the entire Scripture from the garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve are made stewards of the Lord’s creation, to Jesus whose parables were filled with stories of good and bad stewards, to Paul who speaks of being “stewards of the mysteries of God”. The primary idea is, of course, that all we have and are is and entrustment from God to be used and managed for his benefit and for that of his people. Not just Shebna, but you and I are those who are not to live life for our own benefit, but for that of God and others.

This, of course, runs counter to so much of modern thinking, where life is for the pursuit of personal fulfillment, position is for the sake of privilege, and selfish ambition is the driving motive. But will we be held any less accountable than Shebna?

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