Dear Friends in Christ:
Jesus holds up the model of the shrewd manager in today’s Gospel not as an endorsement of larceny but for his ingenuity in getting things done. In the parable, Jesus is asking why we are not as industrious or as dedicated in pursuing the lasting things of God as we are to the impermanent and far less important things of the world. Our faith should challenge us to be as ingenious for the sake of God’s reign as we are in our careers and professions, to be as ready and willing to use our time and money to accomplish great things in terms of the Gospel as we are to secure our own security and happiness. Christ calls us to use the cleverness, skill and ingenuity of the wily steward to build the Kingdom of God in our time and place.
In Christ’s Peace: Fr. Dave