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SUNDAY OF THE STEWARD

This Sunday, March 20, the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, is the Sunday of the Steward (Dndesi Giragi). The parable of the Unrighteous Steward is in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 16 (see reading above). This parable is about a rich man and his steward. The steward was one who looked out for his own personal benefit and through his cunning arrangements he made deals with those who were in debt to his master. Jesus used this parable not to condone the behavior of the steward but rather as an illustration of qualities that have a necessary place in the life of true disciples. Since we are stewards of the world, we are accountable to our Lord for the talents we have and the things that have been entrusted to our care.

Throughout His ministry, Jesus used parables as a teaching tool. His parables were common stories, usually short and always interesting. Generally, the stories were used to convey important moral and ethical lessons. Some of the parables are simple and easy to comprehend. Others are more complex and challenging.

“By your power you created the world above of intelligent creatures and set up in it as stewards the leaders of the fiery spirits; we bless your might which word not express.

 You are the rich One by nature, you fashioned the new sensible world and in Paradise, in Eden, you placed the first man as steward; we bless your might which word cannot express.

 With deep and mysterious thought you built your Church and appointed in it as stewards the proclaimers of the word of truth; we bless your power which word cannot express.”

(Canon for the Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent by the Armenian Apostolic Church)