In today’s Gospel, from Luke 12:39-48, we learn of the parable of the faithful and prudent steward. When the master is away, some stewards fulfill their responsibilities. The master deems such people as trustworthy and capable of performing more important tasks. Other servants use the opportunity to take advantage of their positions and treat the staff cruelly.
We can apply this parable to how we act in the workplace when the boss is away on business. How trustworthy are we to faithfully fulfill our responsibilities? If Jesus were standing in front of you now, would He be able to declare you as a faithful and prudent steward of the gifts He has given to you? He has blessed you with prudence, courtesy, kindness and many other virtues. Do you make use of these gifts by always treating others fairly? Even when the boss is away? Or do you place little value on what God has blessed you with to do your job? Instead, you deem it too burdensome to care for, and cultivate God’s gifts.
Being deemed trustworthy carries with it great responsibility. Jesus finishes His parable with an often-quoted passage:
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more (Luke 12:48).
Be a Faithful and Prudent Steward
With every gift comes a burden of responsibility. The question is whether we will accept the gifts and the responsibilities that go along with them. If we reject God’s gifts, they will wither away, and bear no fruit. On Judgment Day, we will need to make an account of this when God comes calling on us. However, take note that God gives us only what He knows we can handle. So, if you have been given much responsibility, consider yourself blessed; entrusted with more. Be faithful to the calling of God and act uprightly. Make prudent decisions. Cultivate your gifts so that they blossom for the benefit of others. Be a servant leader. You will receive many graces for your efforts, and you will discover that your burden is light.
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