Stewardship - a Call to be Faithful.
Rev. Joji Mathew
Director, Asha Bhavan, Kollam
42 The Lord answered, who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
Gospel According to St. Luke is a treasure of Biblical literature. The placement of every events connected with the life of Jesus elucidates this reality. The above mentioned parable is placed as a combination of eschatological lessons and a topic of watchfulness among stewards. We can connect it to the parallel passage in Matthew 25.14-30 i.e., the parable of Talents. The fundamental principle behind the Parables of talents is the assertion that 'everything belongs to the Master- The Almighty God -the Creator of all' and He likes to share His resources through the elected people (stewards) for fulfilling His purpose.
The meaning of being good and faithful is not merely to be passive or strict obedience to some rules and regulations but active responsibility that take initiative and risk. It is interesting that, in this parable, the Master gives no instruction to handle the resources. A steward must decide how to use his time during the master's absence. The freedom of choice doesn't mean to forget Master's mind behind the appointment -that is the actual purpose of each person's life.
A steward is presented as the mediator between the Master and rest of the labors. Reception of talents and recourses by a steward doesn't mean he is blessed. Blessing is measured as the result of its utilization. Here we should ask the question "why are we blessed with wealth/talents/ resources?” It is not because of the partiality of the Master towards us. But, because of the trust of the Master to our responsibility. According to Gen. 12:3, Abraham-the most blessed man of the Old testament- was blessed to be a blessing to all the families of earth. Israel was called to be a blessing to all the nations. Jesus wants His disciples to be the same. That means Church is called to fulfill its masters will, to bless the nations. Unfortunately many of us assume that, we are blessed only for ourselves and failed to share the resources to whom God expected us to allocate.God will seek much from those whom much has been given. Here we can see the principal of proportional responsibility and it is a warning towards the seriousness of our moral commitments. Even the self-made-man should be more responsible towards the society because he got all the opportunities to make himself.
Oh God, help us to be a blessing to the world around us. Strengthen us to use our talents and possibilities, according to the purpose of our life given by You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Luke 12: 48b.