Be a good steward of our Lord
What a shocker, our lord Jesus recommended that you and I should make friends with the dishonest thief or steward. How could that be possible that our Lord praised this dishonest steward for his cunning ability negotiating getting his way around. Let's together unpack the gospel, and therefore understand what makes this Steward dishonest and therefore learn what are we expected by our Lord to be a good steward.
Let's begin with the rumor. There was a report. It's not actual evidence, just a report. It’s just an accusation that this is a Dishonest Steward who squander everything that the master entrusted to him. Now he gave himself away, actually he confirmed the accusation is true. Notice what he did. He did a very long list of planning. Here's the things that I have, I don't have the strength left to cultivate the land as a farmer, I can't do this anymore, therefore I'm going to negotiate. First he did not pay attention to the Master's wealth at all. He pays only attention to himself. That is the first, number one indication that this guy is not about the master, but all about him. Second, he negotiated not for the benefits of the master, but actually for his own benefits. I want to make friends with other people who owe the master, so that I could get away, I could make a path with them. If I get demoted, I have friends. I have friends. Once again did not really care about how much damage he caused the master, only about himself. my plan, my action plan, my dream and my desire to get away with this punishment possibly coming my way the master knew my problem. Interesting isn't it? Finally, he committed to it, he carried it out. And that makes him, my brothers and sisters, three things actually make him a dishonest Steward.
Now we know that the rumor about squandering the entire wealth of the master is true. Because this guy pays attention only to his position, only to himself, and then secretly negotiates behind the master's back, reduces the amount of money that they owe and secretly makes a deal with those people, kind of deal behind the master's back, all for himself. The reason why our Lord praises him is because of his ability to navigate.
The good Lord by way of doing so, proposing to you and to me, if this guy, a Dishonored Thief, knew how to get around, make sure somebody welcomed him at the end of the day when he no longer has anything in the Master's house. You and I, we are his children, you are my disciples should you consider doing something similar? Learn from this guy, learn when the day is still bright, and work out a deal, so that when your day is over, you have someone welcome you when you arrive. When the days are still bright, when the darkness is not here yet, make sure you prepare.
There are three things our Lord absolutely says to us. First, don't you think about yourself? The steward stops thinking about you, and the position that you hold. it's not everything you think about you, life is not all about you, life is more than that. About God, about others so our lord is saying, first of all, when we are chosen by him, when we are called his disciples, the first and foremost we think of God first. We think of the things of God first, we think of what he entrusted to us first, not ourselves above God, that's the number one lesson learned. Think about that.
The second lesson that we learn: when we think about God we have to take an inventory of our life. If the dishonored thief/steward thought of himself as I don't have the strength; I don't have the ability to do work anymore. I have to do something else that fits me. How about us? Have you ever thought about my dear brothers and sister sitting down and doing an inventory of the gift granted to us? What God has given us as gifts. Let It Be money, let it be life, Let It Be kindness, and compassion, Let It Be ability to design, let it be artistic skill, Let It Be anything as could contribute to the overall betterment of the entire community.
I want to give you an example of how that could be beautiful and amazingly transformative. Take a look at what we have in front. I got a few professional contractors to come over and take a look. Some of them say it probably cost you half a million dollars. Others say probably four hundred thousand; maybe 400 000 we could make it happen. However, I gathered a few friends. Those who love the good Lord, fear the church, and also work for the church at this moment. And we did all of this for less than a hundred thousand dollars, when it was all done and finished. Because of our people contributing their gifts and talents, and our people saying yes to the good God, and saying the gifts that I have received are actually coming from on high. It's time to bring it together, and say this is the act of Thanksgiving. I want to give back, I want to contribute, I want to share and therefore, I wanted to make It is beautiful together. It is not about me, it is about him and a mission he entrusted to us. That is the second lesson, my dear brothers and sister, take an inventory of the gifts that we have and learn, and begin to share them. A gift given, accepted, and not shared is neither function nor good.
The third lesson we should learn from this gospel and therefore apply to our life. Finally, my dear brothers and sisters, time for us. It’s time for us to really see our life through the lens of Faith, with the lens of Christ, through the lens that when we live our life in that way, money is no longer the only objective of life, our reputation is no longer the objective of life. When we look to the lance of our faith, to the lance of Christ, our life is a gift, our position in life is a gift, and therefore, as a steward we learn to see through the eyes of the master. We learn to see and do the things that our Master asks. Because we believe our Master is a good Master, our Lord is merciful and kind, our Lord is amazingly loving and forgiving. We dare to believe in him. Therefore we entrusted our life as a steward to him. And 天天他她她stewardship becomes a way of living, a way of seeing everything as a gift. And therefore, contributing and serving in a way that the Lord asks of us. And that's the way we transform life. And at the end, at the end when we say goodbye to this Earthly life, just like our Lord is saying: make friends with the dishonest wealth, so that when you go, you have the poor welcome you at the Gate of Heaven.
This life when we spend our life in such a way, those we care and love, the community that we serve, life has been touched by our generosity and good stewardship will be received into the Heavenly Kingdom. So learn and apply those lessons to the way in which we serve our Lord as a good steward.
讓我舉個例子向你們說明這個禮物是如何的美麗和驚人。看看我們教堂前面的整修工程。我邀請了幾個專業的承包商估價。一個說大約要一百萬美元左右，另一個說也許四十萬可以成就。於是我就將這件工程交給了幾位教友。他們愛慕天主，敬愛教會，並且也正在為教堂做其他的工程。結果我們花費了不到 10 萬美元就完成了。這都是因為主的弟兄貢獻了他們的能力，向善良的天主說“是”，我的能力是天主給的禮物，是將它收齊，奉獻給天主感恩的時刻了。我心想回饋，願意奉獻，分享，與大家一起美化我們的教堂。不是我個人，而是天主交托給我們所有人的使命。這就是第二個教導。親愛的兄弟姐妹們，反省一下我們從天主那裡獲得的和學習到的禮物，將它們拿出來與人分享。任何禮物，不論是天賦的或是由人贈與的，如果不拿出來分享，這個禮物就失去它的功能，沒有任何的價值了。