Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted.
It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.
My niece has reached an age my brother and sister-in-law feel comfortable leaving her at home to care for her two younger siblings. She relishes this responsibility, sending frequent updates by text, such as “we’re eating sandwiches now.” She’s aware that this responsibility is a gift. How often do we lose that sense of gratitude for the responsibility God has bestowed on us? Today’s first reading reminds us that we are stewards of God’s mysteries. God not only loves us, but trusts us – trusts us to care tenderly for God’s creation and all that is within it. My niece’s zeal as a caretaker is untainted still by the unfortunate ways power can influence us. If only we could all approach our work, our families, and the world around us with that same reverence.
God trusts us to be co-laborers. How can you be a good steward of God’s mysteries today?
—Sarah Otto is a Retreat and Program Director at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, GA.
I ask the Father to give me an intimate knowledge of the many gifts I have received that filled with gratitude for all, I may in all things love and serve the Divine Majesty.
—Spiritual Exercises, 233