The good bad example
Jesus uses the bad example of dishonest steward to make a good and important point: I do not correct a wrong by doing more of the same. The bad steward had squandered his employer’s property and tries to save himself by squandering even more! How foolish, right? Jesus is pointing out the obvious, but is it so obvious?
How foolish it is when I squander what is not really mine in the first place! Let’s start with my life. God is giving it to me so it is not mine alone. I am to use my gifts and talents to their fullest, investing myself in God’s plan, realizing that he put me here with a purpose! I am to live in a healthy relationship with the whole of creation, which is made by God, not to be squandered, but to be responsibly conserved. In the use of possessions, I am never to put them over the value of people foolishly thinking that I can serve God while ignoring the legitimate rights of others; the practice of justice is part of stewardship too, as the prophet Amos reminds me in the first reading.
The challenge of the Gospel then, is perhaps greater than it appeared at first glance. The call to be trusted servants is an awesome responsibility placed on us by God who believes we can do it!
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC