We are Transient Stewards
WEDNESDAY: Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
We are Transient Stewards
The smooth transition of power from Moses to Joshua in consensus with the people of Israel is a display of humility and a show of trust and confidence in others. It is admirable and worthy of emulation. Such qualities present in Moses and Joshua prefigured the actions of Christ in the appointment of Peter as the head of the Church. The actions of Moses and Christ speak with unmeasured clarity to the true nature of Christian spirituality in matters of leadership, stewardship and accountability.
The actions of Moses, Joshua, Jesus and Peter all call into question the notion of leadership and stewardship in a world today. Individualism is like a new age culture. People in positions of power forget they are servants. Instead, they entrench themselves like impenetrable rock foundation and the path to succession becomes a scuffle and a cause for division among the people they serve.
The laying on of hands and the blessing of successors are beautiful expressions of surrendering to the will of God. It allows us to let God use us to incorporate others into his ministry with loving hearts and genuine kindness to bring his will to fruition through the leadership and stewardship of others. Sometimes the things that selfishness, greed, and stubbornness resist, age, ill health, disabilities and death will take them from us, reluctantly. Leadership and stewards at all levels are temporal. If we use them wisely, there will be no regrets in the end. From this perspective, we see and accept others not as rivals but as successors. Modern man needs to take a page from the catalog of Moses, Joshua, Christ Jesus, and Peter so that peace will prevail.
Spirituality shapes the consciousness of people in all professions. It prepares men and women to act and serve with honesty and integrity. Spirituality is the quality of thought, which maintains order in the human soul and is reflected in the development of human history, society, politics, economy and religion. Put differently, a person’s spirituality shapes his/her perception of life. It challenges him/her to act always as an ambassador of Christ in the world – mindful that he/she is an heir of God and a coheir with Christ. In the absence of spirituality, chaos prevails and every human institution is subject to disruption and corruption. Leaderships and stewardship, nation/church will ultimately be in crisis.
How can a person develop a healthy spirituality? Spirituality grows only when people are humble and obedient; when they are good listeners and collaborators with God and humankind when they are opened to change when they are willing to forgive and are capable of standing in solidarity with others as stated by Christ Jesus in today’s gospel. Collaboration is the strength of a holy man and woman, more so in prayer. Finally, a good healthy and strong spirituality is simply dying to one’s self to imitate Christ, to live like Christ and to die like him for the wellbeing and salvation of all.
Lord, teach to live and die like you.