Mar 11 2007

Lent: Day 21 – Prayer & Scripture (Sunday of the Steward)

Week 4 (Day 21): Forgiveness

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“0 Lord, You who have created with power the heavenly world of angels, and established the princes of the fiery spirits as stewards there; we bless Your inconceivable power. You who have created in a lordly manner the second world and placed the first man as a steward in the Garden of Eden; You who have built Your Church highest of all in mystery and have ordained in it the preacher of the word of truth as steward; we bless Your inconceivable power!” (Sharagan for the Fourth Sunday.)

The Sunday of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-31), with its parable of a dishonest accountant whose master has discovered his treachery, tells how the accountant makes his master’s debtors grateful to him by reducing their bills, so that they will help him later. The master praises him for looking out for himself. It is a strange story, at first glance, but it reminds us that we are all stewards of God’s world. If the dishonest “children of this world” can use what it offers for their own gain, then certainly the “children of light” who put God first can learn to use the things of this world not for themselves but for His glory.

That is the kind of cleverness that is praised here, for everything can be used in good ways, if only we take care to learn how. There is one condition: either we will use this world solely for earthly gain, or we will use it for God. We cannot have it both ways.

The other readings (Isaiah 56:1-57:21, Ephesians.4:17-5:14) remind us of the future in which we will all have to give account of our stewardship

Today’s Prayer

But you, almighty creator of everything, Lord of all,
who rise up again at my enemies and scatter them,
have mercy on me, with compassion.

Extend your hand of salvation to me,
perplexed, weary, wayward, and worthy of death.
For you alone are known as God,
glorified forever, with the Father and your Holy Spirit
unto the ages of ages.

Today’s Scripture (Reading)

Luke 12:32-48

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
“Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning,
and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them.
If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants!
But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into.
You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?”
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing.
Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.
But if that servant says to himself, `My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk,
the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the unfaithful.
And that servant who knew his master’s will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating.
But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.

Daily Prayer and Scripture taken from the Armenian Church

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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