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The Parable of the Dishonest Steward

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage, Jesus gives a challenging parable about a dishonest steward that continues and deepens His teaching on the cost and value of discipleship and the Kingdom of God. In this lesson, students will examine the response of the dishonest steward to his master鈥檚 displeasure in him and then develop ways in which they can give of their own time, talent, and treasure to helping the various communities in their lives.

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A. Have students read the Gospel passage, or read it aloud to your students, and then answer the focus questions. You may have students answer them on their own or you may discuss them together as a class.

B. Have your students read and complete the 鈥How Can You Be Generous with What God has Given You?鈥 activity.

C. When complete, call on students to share their answers. Keep a master list on the board of ways that your students can help others in the various communities they belong to. Challenge your students to act upon these ideas throughout the school year.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. He squandered the rich man鈥檚 property. He demanded a full account of his stewardship.
  2. The rich man is going to fire his steward after he gives an accounting of his expenses.
  3. He is not strong enough to dig and he is ashamed to beg.
  4. He calls on them to collect their debts, but forgives a portion of their debts.
  5. He commends the steward for acting prudently.
  6. The person who is trustworthy in small matters is also trustworthy in large matters, whereas the person who is dishonest is small matters is also dishonest in large matters.
  7. Jesus says that no servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.

How Can you Be Generous with What God has Given You?

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