Day 21 – Sunday of the Steward
“…Give an account of your management…”
Life is a stewardship and is God’s gift to humanity. We, created in His image, shall account for the gift bestowed upon us. It is our duty to live our lives according to the Word of God. Moreover, we shall be held accountable for our covenant with the Almighty.
Throughout the course of our lives, we fill many positions for which we are held accountable. We must carry out these roles with honor and humility.
In this Great Lenten, we a conveyed a divine message, namely to be accountable for our actions and on a broader scale, our lives. We shall be stewards and be held accountable for God’s invaluable gift of life.
"The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.
We must be extremely cautious in analyzing this parable. Obviously, the Lord did not approve the manager’s dishonest behavior. Rather, Christ complemented the manager’s shrewdness. Christ, our Savior commends those who repent and seek for God’s forgiveness of their sins.
Remorse and repentance are essential in the spirituality of a Christian. If we were to lose these vital elements, which define our Christian spirit, we would continuously be immersed in sin.
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
Loyalty is a defining trait. If we demonstrate loyalty in the small duties for which we are entrusted, we would also be entrusted with much more. Therefore, it is essential that we cultivate loyalty within our hearts and perform our duties with wisdom. Loyalty is an invaluable element in the life of a Christian. We ought to focus on this vital message with prayer and incorporate its priceless content in our daily lives.
"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."
How can one serve two masters, God and money? The true master is God and the other “master” in reference is money. We humble ourselves before God and serve the Creator of the Universe and the One who sacrificed His Only Begotten Son for the salvation of humanity.
True and justified service refers to serving Christ, our Savior, wholeheartedly. The same cannot be said about surrendering to money. It is Christ who is “the Way, the Truth and the Light.” (John 14:6).
"You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.”
God knows what lies in each of our hearts, for God is Omnipotent and is the Almighty. What society considers as valued commodities may not be so valuable for the All Merciful. Christ is the Most Perfect, for He knows what is revered and what is prized.
Let us be fully conscious that God knows our hearts. Let us not fear. On the contrary, let us fill truly embrace God’s divine wisdom.
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.”
One’s spirituality is guided by faith. Without faith, life has no course and no purpose. A life lived with faith is filled with miracles. Let each of have faith “as small as a mustard seed” and we shall witness how we can move mountains. Fill your lives with prayer, establish a close relationship with God and grow in your spirituality.
So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."
Forgiveness is a virtue, for it is the foundation of the Christian Faith. Throughout the Great Lenten Journey, the heart and soul of each faithful is enlightened by the messages of the Gospel of Christ, our Lord and Savior. Our spiritual life is reawakened and renewed when we walk along with Christ.