Brothers and sisters: Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself; I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord.
Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Paul instructs the Christians of Corinth: “it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” I hear the word trustworthy quite often in my volunteering with Boy Scouts as every gathering begins with Scouts intoning: “A Scout is trustworthy.” So I ponder, “What does trustworthy mean in my life”?
Being known as trustworthy is one of the highest compliments one can receive. Being trustworthy supports loving marriages, nourishes family life, helps friendships thrive, and facilitates our daily business and personal lives.
I reflect: can I be found a trustworthy steward in my family life, in my friendships, in my work, and in reaching out to those in need? Am I someone who can be trusted, or are others wary of dealing with me? Am I trustworthy in my faith life, especially where my faith life intersects with daily life? In what ways today shall I be found a trustworthy steward?
―George Penman Sullivan, Jr. is a Jesuit-educated lay leader who helped found Chicago’s Ignatian Volunteer Corps. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Wilmette IL, and have four children and three grandchildren.
Hungry for love, he looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, he begs of you. Naked for loyalty, he hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, he asks of you. Will you be that one to him?”
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