Saturday, 18 September 2010

The good or the bad steward?

The last week has been very busy here in the Irish Province of the Dominican Order. The more regular followers of this blog have noticed the brief notes I have but on. With he launch of the website Dominicans Interactive I must confess that time to post regularly substantial post on this blog has been a bit more scarce.

So, I am afraid, also this week.
The video of the Reception of the Habits, which took place last Tuesday, the 14th of September on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, has been published and hopefully in the next day or two the video of the Simple Professions of last Wednesday, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, will follow.... Our newly professed brothers will join us today in St. Saviour's, so please keep them in your prayers as they settle down in their new life as students.

So I will only share a brief thought on the Gospel, hopefully everything will be back to normal next week! Something that struck me when quickly reading through it is the apparent contradiction in the parable of the wasteful steward. It seems that this steward indeed is not doing the right thing. First of all he is called by the rich man to make an account of his stewardship because of this fact, but then he even wastes more of it by trying to buy friends for when he is without job.

The response we expect of the master is that he would punish him for this second offense, apart from only firing him from his job. But instead the master praised the steward for his astuteness...

But can we apply this parable to ourselves in a 'spiritual' way. We are all wasteful of God's love, and are continually breaking our relationship with Him. We are the unfaithful servant! The Master has all right to dismiss us and sent us away.

But even though we are broken through original sin, the Master still loves us, and as He sees how we are astute in managing our worldly affairs, unable to undo of our own accord the damage we have done to our relationship with Him, He sees that we are still trying to build relationships with others humans around us. Our end towards we are living, and for which we are made for, is ultimate the relationship of pure love with God in Heaven. While falling short in fully living in a pure relationship with God here on earth we are still yearning for loving relationships... the commandment of loving God with our whole heart is quickly followed by the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves, an expression of our love for God.

This week we had the Gospel of the woman who had a bad name in the town and came in washing Jesu His feet with her tears and hair (Luke 7:36-50). Jesus says to the Pharisee that "I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much" (Luke 7:47). We are sinful, and again, wasteful of everything God gives us, but through 'astute' stewardship of the love and gifts God has given us, we can try and live  as good a life as we can, always trying to do the best.

Just a thought...

1 comment:

Barb Schoeneberger said...

This is the first explanation of this Gospel passage that has made sense to me. I've pondered it so often, but reading the spiritual interpretation has opened my eyes to its meaning.


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