What the Steward Stewards

St. Paul in Prison by Rembrandt

Today at Holy Mass the gospel reading leaves a question on the table. And the first reading conveniently answers it.

In the gospel we hear a parable that applies to clergymen–and to everyone involved in spreading the faith. In this parable, “the faithful and prudent steward” distributes the “food allowance.”

But this begs the question. Lord, what “food allowance” do you mean, exactly? St. Paul provides an answer in the first reading.

What does the steward steward? He stewards the fulfillment of God’s plan, which is for us to live eternally in His love. The steward “brings to light what lay hidden for ages past in God Who created all things, so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the Church.”

God is God, of course. All things unfold according to His plan. Christ has revealed that everything exists for the sake of our salvation and eternal life, which God planned before He created the cosmos.

St. Thomas Aquinas explains this verse of Ephesians like this:

It is like the case of a house. The concept of the house is in the mind of the architect. As long as it remains in his mind, it can be known to no one. However, once the house is constructed, anyone can learn from the building what was previously concealed in the architect’s mind.

One thought on “What the Steward Stewards

  1. Eph. 3:20 “Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us.”
    Isn’t this proof that Gods plan is and always was, that He live and act in and through us, His creatures? If so, the immeasurable responsibility we all share to allow such a great design to take occur is contingent upon our fiat.

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