(September 22, 2019 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Fr. Matt’s Corner: . . The Master commended that dishonest steward.. . .
Greetings to you, my dear friends in Christ. Once more, Jesus confounds and confuses us with one of those perplexing parables of His. What a goofy master – to praise the dirty thief who’s been robbing him …what gives this time?
For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. Hmm … What is it that occupies our time and energy? Most of us can focus clearly on some physical problem that confronts us. If I’m hungry, I can easily focus my attention on getting something in my belly to satisfy my hunger. If I have bills piling up, it’s all too easy for me to stay awake at night trying to scheme a way to make ends meet – I can even put my plan into practice by working and saving more (by acting; by changing). If my health is failing, I can easily concentrate on my pains and do whatever it takes to get better – I might even go to see a doctor! It seems that I’m pretty prudent in dealing with the things of this world – I see, I judge, and I act.
What about my life in the Spirit? All of those things that occupy our attention daily: food, money, bills, health, family, work, school, play, (yes Tilly, even pets) are not truly ours – they are gifts from God. We are merely stewards of these things and persons; God has entrusted them to our care. Am I more prudent in dealing with the fleeting things of this world than in the eternal ones? Am I more concerned with dishonest wealth that doesn’t truly belong to me than I am with the true wealth that is my eternal soul – my true self?
When we set aside Sunday as the Lord’s day – not working, not shopping (putting others to work), not saying: “When will Sunday be over, that we may sell our grain, and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?” – but rather, spending time with our family at Mass; then we are showing that we are trustworthy in both large and small matters. Then God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth, will give you what is yours.
If Jesus praised the crooked steward for cheating and stealing when action was needed, how much more should we take action in doing what is both necessary and right! I know that all is not right with my soul – my true wealth. Do I have the integrity, the honesty, the faith, and the trust in God and His Word to go to confession and be welcomed into eternal dwellings of forgiveness and mercy by the one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all?
Peace to all of you, my friends, this Holy Day, and to all who love the Lord in simplicity of heart,