The Gospel then continues with a number of sayings on the fragility of the future and the need for responsible stewardship by Jesus’ followers during his absence. Freedom from care and the desire for wealth and power, together with a heart transformed, are prerequisites for responsible leadership in the community. Misuse of an office for one’s own advantage and abuse of others will bring about severe punishment when the returning Lord will place that servant with the unfaithful.
Today the church is widely involved in training people for ministry and diverse forms of stewardship. The readings underscore fundamental aspects of such formation. Hebrews portrays faith as realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things unseen, and the Gospel speaks of true treasures. Every program of formation, from parish to seminary, must be, like Abraham’s journey in Hebrews, a pilgrimage of faith, which prepares a treasured person with a transformed heart.
• Reflect with Qoheleth on the “vanities” that can take over our lives.
• Ask Christ to help you find the true treasures of your heart.
• Read prayerfully Mary’s Magnificat, pausing with prayers of gratitude and petition to Mary.