1 Timothy 2:1-8
The opening lines from the first reading from the Prophet Amos set the tone for the day. “We must make use of everything we have and do everything we can to be part of the Kingdom when the time comes.” We’re also warned that there will be a day of reckoning at the end of our lives based on how we have used everything we have and everything we’ve done.
When we reflect on the very puzzling gospel we are told that the followers of Jesus must put worldly, transitory things in proper perspective so we are always looking toward the future – our eternal life.
The gospel is puzzling because Jesus tells a parable about a dishonest steward who cheats on his owner’s material goods and yet is praised for his shrewdness, prudence and ingenuity. The bad steward assures his own future through dishonest means because he knows he will soon be fired.
The point of the story seems to be Jesus telling his disciples, and us, that we need to be shrewd in assuring our place in heaven. We must make use of everything we have and do everything we can to be part of the Reign of God when the time comes.
One day, will be asked to give an account for the way we have used our time, talent and treasure. Are we using our time to glorify God, to deepen our relationship with God and to help others and to live a holy life? Do we share our gifts with other? Do we use our material goods for the benefit of others?
Due to God’s great love for us, we always have the opportunity to change, grow spiritually, accept God’s graces to live well and use our resources for others. May we make good use of the opportunities we have until God calls us home to be in God’s presence for all eternity.
How well do you use your time, talent and resources to gain access to God’s reign for all eternity?
Are you as shrewd in spiritual matters as you are in worldly ones? How?