Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Sept. 22, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dishonest at first, the master's steward makes right his wrongs


by Renae Bauer

Dishonest or clever?

That's the question we might ponder after reading Sunday's Gospel, the parable of the "dishonest" steward. Here's a guy who squanders what his master entrusted to him and then is praised by the master for collecting only a portion of debts still owed by several merchants. What is going on?

Let's focus on the last few verses where Jesus says, "The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones." How does this relate to the dishonest steward?  One thing we can certainly say is that the steward made some bold decisions when he lost his job.  He contacted the master's debtors and reworked their debts to reflect only the amount owed to the master (forgoing the steward's commission).

Ah-ha. Facing a crisis, the steward moves heaven and earth to return to the master what is his. Is he trustworthy in small matters? The master thinks so.

Reflection questions:
  1. How can I be more resourceful with what God has entrusted to me?
  2. What more can I do to bring the Kingdom of God to others?

Celebrating the 'Year of Faith'

Moral Life -- Applying the Fifth and Sixth Commandments


About this series
DID YOU KNOW: The first Three Commandments concern love and fidelity to God, while the other seven speak of love and forgiveness of neighbor as an expression of God's love.

Chapters 29 & 30, US Catholic Catechism for Adults

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

You Shall Not Kill.
You Shall Not Commit Adultery.

The Fifth and Sixth Commandments call us to a love and respect for all people.  As Catholics, we are challenged to bring these commandments to life by our witness of non-violence, compassion and just treatment of others.

  • How do our words and actions destroy or "kill" another person's spirit, reputation, etc?
  • What will you do this week to be a "life-giving" person?
  • What does being "chaste" mean to you?
  • What does it mean to be a "non-violent" person?