Friday 6 November 2020
Day of penance
Philippians 3:17 – 4:1. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord – Psalm 121(122):1-5. Luke 16:1-8.
Let us consider the steward’s example of prudence
The Parable of the Dishonest Steward has our ‘hero’ reducing the sum the debtors owed to cut his profit from the exchange. Careless enough to lose his job, when ‘the rubber hits the road’, the steward is shrewd. He acknowledges he has neither strength to dig nor is he able to face the shame of begging. He has only his good reputation among the debtors to lose – on whom he might later depend. The steward is commended by the Master for demonstrating prudence, a practical wisdom. The word ‘steward’ is often applied to our responsibility for the care of creation. When we see that we have been careless, wasteful and destructive, we know we are not ‘good managers’. Prudence invites us to stop and consider how we exploit and profit from our common home, knowing the cost is the loss of life and biodiversity. On the UN International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, we might consider the steward’s example of prudence.Email this Print This Page