From a Creighton Student's Perspective
November 4, 2011
2nd Year Medical Student
Today’s Gospel reading, the parable of the dishonest steward, is one of those readings that leave us scratching our heads and wondering exactly what it is Jesus is trying to teach us. When I read this passage, I am reminded of the important distinction I must make in my own life: am I child of this world, or am I child of the light? The children of this world watch out for their gains here on earth, while the children of the light keep their gaze fixed on their heavenly reward. The dishonest steward, as a child of the world, knew that he was going to lose his current job because of his mistreatment of his master’s property. He was “not strong enough to dig and…ashamed to beg” (Lk. 16:3) and so he took the necessary steps to ensure that he would be able to live the life he wanted.
We also often take steps to secure the success of our earthly pursuits, though usually our motives are more pure than the steward’s. Sometimes we might not go out on a Friday night so we can study for that big exam on Monday, or maybe we wake up early so we can hit the gym before work and keep up our exercise routine. Now, don’t get me wrong, these are both good things! Still, in addition to these earthly pursuits, how often do we take steps to secure the success of our heavenly pursuits? We are all called to holiness, and the ultimate goal of that calling is to dwell with God in heaven. It can be easy for us to become so caught up in the many things that are required of us each day that we forget to make time for God, either in prayer, or in being men and women for others.
St. Paul reminds us in the first reading that God calls us to be ministers of Christ Jesus (Rom 15:16). As I reflect on this awesome calling, I have to wonder, “What have I done today that is fitting of a minister of Christ? When people look at me and the way I treat others, do they see Jesus? Do I make them want to know Christ more or do I scare them away by setting a bad example?”
The dishonest steward took steps to secure a good place in the world. However, as we know, the world and all its riches will pass away. God, on the other hand, calls us to secure a good place for ourselves not in this world, but in eternity. Each day is a new opportunity to share Christ’s love with others. In sharing our gifts, we help ensure that we, along with our family, friends, classmates and coworkers can all make heavenly gains, and truly be the children of the light we are called to be.
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