Doing the Task with Honesty and Integrity

08 November 2019. Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Reflection (Sem. Roldan B. Baliano)

Being a youth leader is not an easy job because you are entrusted with many responsibilities.  I remember a time before when I was given a task and by means of accomplishing it, I chose to do the short cut over the long yet precise procedure of doing things. I did it to save time and effort but it was really a terrible motivation. I was focused more on myself and thinking of my own benefit.

As a steward, we are called to be discerning, creative and wise in spending our time and energy in following God. We are entrusted with many tasks because God knows and trusts our abilities. He gave us dominion over of His creation because He knows that we can take care of them and we have the capacity to share it to others especially those who are in need.

The Gospel helps me realize that as a steward, whatever big or small job I have, is a gift entrusted to me by God. Therefore, I am called to do the right thing, with honesty and integrity. As a steward, God is challenging me not to misuse and abuse whatever possessions that He gave me. By properly taking care of the gifts He entrusted me also shows how I value the trust and confidence that He gave me.

The Gospel Today

Luke 16: 1 – 8

Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward
who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said,
‘What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that,
when I am removed from the stewardship,
they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one.
To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note.
Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of wheat.’  
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note;
write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.
For the children of this world
are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than the children of light.”

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