READING— Luke 16:1-13
A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned the steward and said, “What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship…”
The readings of today have an uncanny connection for many of us Filipinos because our readings talk about stewardship. At a time when our public officials come under public scrutiny for their use of our nation’s resources, our readings for today offer a perspective on our vocation towards stewardship. The indignation of the Filipino people over the misuse of public funds stems from the conviction that wealth is not meant to be placed in the hands of a few, but is destined to be shared by all – especially those who are poor. The prophet Amos in the first reading of Sunday’s liturgy reminds us that the Lord is passionate for the poor and the needy. When those who are poor and needy have their claim to a decent life forgotten or trampled upon, there is evidently a failure of stewardship. Paul’s letter to Timothy likewise underscores this reality that the Kingdom of God is inclusive and that all –without exception – are meant to experience God’s offer of well-being.
Surely, we will need to demand accountability of our public officials. But it is not mere disclosure of use of public funds that is at stake. The readings of today clearly offer the invitation for us to ensure that the resources, for which we are stewards, are distributed justly to benefit all.
Vulnerable God, You challenge the powers that rule this world through the needy, the compassionate and those who are filled with longing. Make us hunger and thirst to see right prevail, and single-minded in seeking peace; that we may see Your face and be satisfied in You, through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
From Rolheiser, R. (1999). The Holy Longing: The Search for A Christian Spirituality.
Social justice has to do with changing the way the world is organized so as to make a level playing field for everyone. In simple terms, this means that social justice is about trying to organize the economic, political and social structure of the world in such a way so that it values equally each individual and more properly values the environment. Accomplishing this will take more than private charity. Present injustices exist not just because individuals act in bad faith but also because huge, impersonal systems disprivilege some even as they unduly privilege others.