Fr. James Buckley FSSP on the Parable of the Unjust Steward

In the March 2011 edition of the Fraternity Newsletter, Fr. James Buckley wrote a piece on the Parable of the Unjust Steward, just read this past Sunday in the Gospel for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost. Some highlights:

The chief difficulty the modern reader finds with the realism of this parable is that the steward after being told of his dismissal is still allowed to exercise his office. Father Leopold Fonck, S.J., a great scriptural scholar, maintains, however, that in Palestine during Our Lord’s public ministry some time would elapse before a discharged steward would surrender his office to a successor.

To discover this parable’s meaning one can follow the advice of Tertullian who wrote that one will find no parable which was not either explained by Christ or illumined by a commentary of an evangelist. “For the children of this world are wiser in their own generation than the children of light” is a comment emphasizing the necessity of prudence. The unjust steward represents the “children of this world” because he lives his life estranged from God. He, however, acts more wisely to secure his temporal good in this passing world than do those enlightened by the truth of Christ to attain their eternal good.

Read more here.

July 28, 2020