When my patience is tested, I will pause and ask myself, “How does the Lord want me to handle this situation?”
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, my Creator and Redeemer, everything good
comes from you. You are the one source of peace and happiness. Thank you for bringing me into
existence and insuring I received the inestimable gift of the faith. Thank you for accompanying me
in every moment. I am grateful for your mercy and love and wish to respond more generously to you in
Lord, I thank you for this time of prayer. It is a
sacrifice to put aside other things. However, what can compare to the graces you will give me during
this meditation? You ask me to be an apostle, a faithful steward of your gospel. I need this time to
deepen my relationship with you. Speak to me Lord, for your servant is listening.
Lord, help me to be a faithful and prudent steward.
1. Wanted: Faithful and
Prudent Stewards:. Anyone who has had a management position knows that one of the riskiest
parts of the job is hiring. Very often, it can seem like rolling dice, especially when there is a
conflict between what’s read in the resume and what’s felt in the gut. Nevertheless, to make a good
hire, you need to have a clear idea of what you want. The Lord has a simple job description for the
stewards he is looking to bring on. They must be faithful and prudent. In being faithful, they don’t
seek to impose their own vision or desires over his, but rather serve the Master who has given them
their commission. Their will is such that they are confident in assimilating the desires of their
master. They are able to perceive how to adjust and adapt to the multitude of circumstances that
arises. These stewards are constantly applying the old wristband test, “WWJD,” i.e., What Would
2. Tasting One’s Own Medicine: . Having been “hired” by the master, it would
be foolish not to expect to be held accountable for the trust that he bestows. Nevertheless, the
irresponsible steward indulges his appetites and abuses his authority. The master’s “delay” gives
him a false sense of security. Without the natural brake of his master’s watchful eye, his pride
gets out of control. Yet the master is bound to return, and the servant eventually experiences the
results of his own arrogance: the taste of his own medicine is bitter indeed. The Lord is inviting
us to have a greater awareness of his constant presence. His absence and “delay” are only apparent.
He is very much present to those who wish to live their God-given charge with integrity and
responsibility. His grace is always available to those who live their lives in his
3. Management Styles: . The two types of stewards have very different
management styles. One beats the servants; the other “distributes the food allowance at the proper
time.” We all want to be counted among those faithful and prudent stewards who take good care of
those entrusted to us. Yet at times, the responsibility we have seems more burdensome than
desirable. While the bad steward indulges his passions, the good steward is in danger of giving into
his fatigue and impatience. Frustration is a distinct possibility when it comes to forming others.
If the Lord died such a cruel death for our salvation, who can measure the value of a single soul?
By contemplating that example, we need to learn to put aside our petty annoyances and instead be
faithful in caring for those entrusted to us.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, you have given me such great responsibility. I am sorry for the times I have
offended you, and for when I have not lived up to the trust you have bestowed on me. I promise you
that I will strive to reflect your love for those to whom you have entrusted to my care.
When my patience is tested, I will pause and ask myself, “How does the Lord want me to
handle this situation?”