CAMPUS PADRE Offers food for thought
Readings: Amos 8:4-7; 1Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13
Jesus also points out a deeper truth that should be learned from the parable of the Steward. Despite how it seems at first glance, Jesus isn’t praising the actions of the Steward, but he is drawing our attention to the use of his gifts. In using this story, Christ reminds us again, that all of our choices are either oriented to growing closer to God or becoming more distant.
We know that our lives will come to an end. The Christian life consists in an ongoing series of decisions in which we reinforce or undermine our basic choice to follow Christ. Yet we tend to live like there is no end of tomorrows; no consequences to our actions; no master who will call us to account for our stewardship of our lives and gifts, our Love of God and Neighbor.
Recognizing that Christ wants our hearts to be undivided, we also recognize that Christ wants our efforts to be empowered by the proper use of our gifts. Christ desires that we make use of every good gift with great skill. So, the point is a simple one. The steward knew he needed to do everything in his power to prepare for what was coming. Likewise, Christians should do the same. We should use ALL that God has given us to ensure our steadfast commitment and to do all we can in this life in order that we would find ourselves with God in the next. Imagine how different the Church (and the world) would be if every Catholic pursued holiness that energetically.
So, the question for us all is; who am I serving with what God has given me?
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.