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 the steward said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?' He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.' The steward 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 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. The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.”
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus used the Parable of the Dishonest Steward to teach us our role as God's stewards.
First of all, we must recognize our role as stewards. A steward must deal with the goods of another according to the will of the owner. Everything belongs to the owner, the steward has no right to do as he pleases. Many people have forgot that we are just stewards. Everything that we are blessed with, including our lives, belongs to God. We should follow the will of God to make good use of all our gifts.
In the Gospel, the owner said to the steward: "Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward." Jesus reminds us that someday we will all be called to account and our stewardship will end. When our lives come to an end, we will cease to be stewards.
Jesus offered some advice to us. It is surprising that the dishonest steward was praised for his attempt to plan for his future. Jesus is trying to teach us that most people devote lots of time and effort in worldly matters. But when it comes to faith, they know as much as a third grade student. Jesus would like us to devote the same amount of time and effort on spiritual things.
Lastly, Jesus said: "No servant can serve two masters. You cannot serve God and mammon." Money and the lure of the world is very powerful. May we rely on God's help, to pray for a miracle to prefer God to the world.