29th Week in Ord. Time, Wednesday – 20th October 2021 — Gospel: Lk 12,39-48
The idea of “to whom much is given, much will be required” is that we are held responsible for what we have and it emphasizes even great expectations. This statement of Jesus has become an idiom in Western culture and it is paraphrased by Uncle Ben for today’s world: “With great power comes great responsibility.” While these two phrases aren’t synonymous, they both speak of a common principle: We are responsible with only what we have been given. And the more you have been given, the greater the responsibility. If you are blessed with talents, wealth, knowledge, time, and the like, it is expected that you use them to glorify God and benefit others. It is easy to assume that only wealthy people have been “given much,” but, in truth, we have all been given much (1 Cor 4,7; Rom 12,3; Eph 4,7). We have been granted the abundant grace of God (Eph 1,3-10; 3,16-21; Rom 5,8-11; 8,14-17), the Word of God, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Jn 14,16-21; 16,13; Rom 12,6) meant for the mutual edification and growth of the church. Peter has said, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Pet 4,10).
Someone might misunderstand this principle by concluding that those with less have less responsibility. That is, they don’t have to be really responsible with the little that they have. Whether we have been entrusted with little or much, our commitment to faithful stewardship remains the same. The only thing that changes is not how responsible we should be, but rather, how much we are responsible for. God isn’t concerned with how much or how little you have; he is concerned with what you are doing with what you have been given. In the end, those servants who faithfully steward the gifts entrusted to them will be rewarded upon the master’s return. Those who squander the time will be held responsible for their casual of their master’s resources.