Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Be the Wise Steward: Wednesday 29th Week Ordinary time

Breakfast with the Word Wednesday 29th Week Ordinary time of the Year B


Luke 12:39-48




“The wise steward” is a call to understand our nothingness. A steward literally means a person whose function is to manage other people’s resources.  They do this with their capabilities, support and help. They are also people who serve others, especially in public places.



When Jesus talks about stewards, He means everyone whom God has entrusted with something. It can be a gift, a soul, congregation, family, job, people etc.


In today’s gospel when Peter asks Jesus if the parable is for them or all, instead of giving a yes or no answer, Jesus goes on to give four types of stewards. Hence, implies that the parable is for everyone.


In essence, God entrusts us with his gifts and resources and expects us to use them for the salvation of souls and the glory of His name. So the wise steward is one who understands this and acts accordingly,




In the Gospel.


The gospel of today is simply a continuation from that of yesterday. Today, Jesus asks his disciples to be vigilant and ready. This is because of the unexpected hour of His coming. He will come at the hour beyond our expectation. The best remedy is to keep watch.



If the owner of a house knows the hour the thief will come, He will make every effort not to give Him a breakthrough. So it is good to be ready, for no one knows when the son of man will come.


Hence the trustworthy and wise steward is one whom the master places over his household and comes back to see him acting according to instruction.


We are Stewards


We are like stewards. God blesses us with gifts, positions, souls, talents, friends, family, people to serve etc.


He has made many in charge of our economy, country, state, organisations, etc. And He expects us to make good use of these for the glory of His name.



What are we doing with what God has given to us? What account can we truly give with what God gives to us? In everything we do, one thing is sure; there is a day of reckoning.


The Four types of Stewards


In the gospel, we find four different types of stewards. We have to critically analyse them and place ourselves where we belong.


(i) The Steward who thinks the Master Delays His coming


This steward thinks his master is delaying his coming back. He then beats other servants, eats and drinks and even gets drunk.


These are people who think the world belongs to them. They find themselves in higher positions and possessed with this false belief that they will always be there forever. Instead of using their positions to save souls and work for God, they use it to oppress and maim the people placed under their care.



We can find these people in a country where their leaders do not have value for human lives. They see themselves as lords of heaven and earth. Jesus says the hour always carries them like a flood.




They are also those who think they have millions of years to live in the world. These groups of people have no time to think about their end.


They get over relaxed, and thus over occupy themselves with the pleasure and luxury of life. Jesus says that the hour also takes them by surprise.





(ii) The Steward who knows what the Master wants but does nothing to get Ready for Him.



The second steward knows what His master wants but he does not want to get himself ready for Him. This steward knows much about His master but he lacks the readiness to prepare for Him.


These are the people who know and continually listen to the word of God. They go to Sunday and daily masses and services. They even clap when they hear life-changing homilies but they do nothing.


Their worship of God ends in the church. They come back home and continue from where they stopped. Jesus says that these kinds of people deserve strong strokes of the cane. Hence, punishment awaits them later.


(iii) The Steward who does not Know


The Steward who does not know but acts in a way that also deserves beating will only receive small lashes.


These are people who are ignorant of the gospel. But because they act in a way that deserves beating, they will be punished.


Thus, their punishment will not be severe as the ones who hear and bluntly close their hearts.


(iv) The Wise Steward


The wise steward is wise because He knows he is not the owner of the resources. He knows he is just like a wayfarer.



The wise steward knows that whatever he has is given to him and he must give an account of them one day. Thus, He acts according to the will of the Master. He is always vigilant and alert waiting for the master’s return.


These are the people who live their lives in readiness, knowing that they are nothing before God.



They work hard to remain faithful to God. These are the ones who will surely receive their everlasting rewards at the end.


So, which steward are we? Are we ready for God or not? What shows that we are truly ready?


Whether we are ready or not, one day the master will surely demand an account of all we have done. This hour will take everyone unawares. Only those who are ready can receive eternal reward.




May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to be ever ready. May He forgive our pasts and bless our future. Amen


You may read


The Unexpected can happen

Give to God what belongs to Him

Be Eager to Defend Your Faith

Always Be Open and Sincere

What God demands




  1. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  2. Jared Ogare says

    Help us to be faithful stewards O Lord and be ready to give positive account of our work,Amen

  3. Munachimso onuoha says


  4. Okoye juliet says

    I belong to a wise steward,a steward who knows what the master want and keep to them and a steward who is always ready.
    Thank you Padre for the word of God.
    May God continue to strengthen you.

  5. Okoye Juliet chidinm says

    I belong to the wise steward.
    A steward who knows what the master want and keep to them.
    A steward who is always ready to receive the master.
    Thank you Padre for the word of God.
    May God continue to strengthen you

  6. Uchechukwu Egbo says

    Thank you Lord for your words 🙏 please guide and direct my parts 🙏. Thanks to you Padre 🙏

    1. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

      I am the steward that awaits the coming of our Lord and may God hel me never to get tired of waiting or feel I’m in control of my life, AMEN

  7. Agudosi Cordelia chinyere says


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  9. James Mailoushi says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro.

  10. Okonkwo onyinye says


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  12. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    So help us God, Amen!

  13. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  14. Vivian Onuoha says

    Heavenly Father, forgive me for neglecting your words all this while. I pray that you give me the grace to embarrass you via my profession.

  15. Grace Yina says


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  17. Onyeoma Ukamaka says

    Amen…Bless you too Fr.

  18. Sheila says


  19. Ozoekwem Ifunanya says

    Help me Lord to be a wise steward in Jesus name. Amen

  20. Nwoye Chinemerem says

    Amen 🙏

  21. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    May I be a faithful steward who will be ready for the master Amen.

  22. Ojiogbu Chekwube says


  23. Angela Madu says


    God Almighty please grant me the grace to be a good steward in all l do through Christ our Loerd.

  24. Onuoha Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen

  25. Gloria Azuka says

    Amen may God help us to be a wise steward so as to be ready at all times to give an account of our stewardship

  26. Angela Ekere says


  27. Adozima Chidi Helen says

    Very inspiring. I thank God for His word that had always been a source of food for my soul and I pray he continues to strengthen me through His word and also bless the coordinators of this wonderful group. Amen.

  28. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen,let us behave like wise steward who is just like a wayfarer. May almighty God help us to know that one day we must give account of our lives. Help us to acts according to the will of God and be vigilant and alert waiting for master’s return . We are nothing before God, let us work hard to remain faithful to God in Jesus mighty name we pray Amen.

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  31. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Thanks Fr. We pray for HIS Grace to b d wise n Faithful Servant

  32. Alphonsus Inegbedion says

    Thank you dearest Padre for the wonderful reflection. God bless you and hear your prayers.

  33. Madu chinaza lovelyn says

    Amen, may God give us the grace to live a holy life in order to give good account of the life we lived while on Earth. Amen

  34. Ozoemena chinasa says


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  36. John says

    O God help me to be good faithful steward.Amen

  37. Blessing Chikadibia Mbonu says

    What a powerful message..

    Food for thought….

    Please Lord 🙏🏽 Show me mercy, Align my Life and make me to serve you more, make me an instrument in your vineyard, may i always be Hunger and thirst of your Words in Jesus Mighty Name i pray Amen 🙏..

  38. Njideka Aniagolu says


  39. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen God bless you with wisdom Padre.

  40. Ogechi Anugwom says


  41. Alozieuwa Sandra says

    Amen, bless your future too padre
    Very inspiring ,more grace in the lord’s vineyard 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  42. Michael Peter Enyilegu says

    AMEN 🙏🙏🙏

  43. Christian says


  44. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! God please help me. I can do nothing without you.

  45. Rosemary says


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  48. Anyanwu Francisca says

    I pray that God will give us the grace to be ever ready at all times.

  49. Cece says

    Am blessed by this teachings

  50. Theomaris says

    Dear Lord, please help me to be ready for your coming and not to be taken unaware in Jesus name. Amen 🙏

  51. Chinwe Agwoile says

    Amen and Amen!
    As a steward that has received uncountable riches from God, I need to perform my work on time, be prudent, faithful, and trustful.
    Lord Jesus, Your coming is certain, though the exact time is not known to anyone. Thank You for the many benefits and opportunities You have given me for spiritual growth. May I act responsibly and diligently by making good use of the great deal You have given me on trust. Help me to be vigilant for Your return by practicing virtues. Amen!!

  52. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  53. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

  54. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen 🙏

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  59. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. May God help us.

  60. Ritaojodale says

    More Grace in Jesus name. Amen!!!!

  61. Chisom Egwudike says


  62. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    please God our father 🙏🙏give me the Grace to be a good Steward

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  64. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Lord give us the grace to always do your will. Amen

  65. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen Thanks

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