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sameo416

Here's a snip from Robert Capon in "Kingdom, Grace and Judgement: Paradox, Outrage and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus":

"As far as I am concerned, therefore, the unjust steward is nothing less than the Christ-figure in this parable, a dead ringer for Jesus himself. First of all, he dies and rises, like Jesus. Second, by his death and resurrection, he raises others, like Jesus. But third and most important of all, the unjust steward is the Christ-figure because he is a crook, like Jesus. The unique contribution of this parable to our understanding of Jesus is its insistence that grace cannot come to the world through respectability."

joseph

That an interesting take, especially the last phrase.

Tim

THe parable doesn't tell us to be like the unjust steward - it tells us that we are the unjust steward - we've been 'squandering our master's property'. In other words, we've refused to believe Psalm 24:1 ('the earth is the Lord's, and everything in it') and have acted like owners instead of stewards. But now the master is on to us, and we have to change our ways. Time to start acting like stewards again.

John Howard Yoder says that there were a lot of absentee landlords at the time, and that many managers were notoriously corrupt, charging s huge markup on rents and then pocketing the difference. Quite likely, what the unjust manager was doing when he wrote down the debts was cancelling his own markup so that the sharecroppers were only charged what they actually owed the landlord.

But enough about this, as I'll be posting my sermon on the text on my blog in the next day or two!

the sol cafe webguy

So how's next Monday or Tuesday for you? A full parish electronic communications needs assessment will cost you at least a large caramel corretto...

Winston

joseph

Winston - I'll have to clear that expense with the budget sub-committee for caffeine.

Tim - Yoder's take is an interesting version of the one put forward by Brown, Fitzmyer et al. They see the manager as scaling back the usury which would have been charged on the accounts. Rather than the manager cutting back on his own commission, he is cutting into the landowner's usurious profit. The shrewd manager doesn't harm his own interests in so doing.

ps Tim's sermon is posted here.

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