Year II - Friday
Gospel of Luke 16:1-8 Reflection:
Today’s gospel is one of those gospels that causes people a bit of difficulty because in it the Lord appears to praise a man for being dishonest. We all know the piece as the ‘Parable of the Crafty Steward.’ The steward is being made redundant and he decides to win favour with other suppliers by giving generous discounts on their bills.
It is one of those stories for which we really need to understand the way business was carried out in the past. Essentially the stewards were self-employed and made their living by charging a commission. This steward was giving up his commission to win friends.
However, what I read this morning was an interesting gloss on the story:
“Our homeland is in heaven and our thoughts should be there. Like the worldly steward we should be resolute in providing for that future homeland.”
When you begin to think of it like that then the actions of the steward are not all that reprehensible even by today’s standards. It made me ask myself a question; is the way that I am living today providing for my eternal future or am I more focused on immediate satisfaction?
An interesting question and certainly a different way of looking at the events of everyday life.