Dedicated to the writings of Saint Luke.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Parable of the Dishonest Steward

For the past six weeks I have been working very hard on one matter in particular preparing a legal memorandum in a case where a business partner has been unfaithful. Naturally, I was thinking about the parable which only Luke records. You may recall that this man was commanded to give an accounting of his stewardship in preparation to handling it over to someone else because he had been wasting his master's goods. In my memorandum, I discussed the fact that the business partner had been twice directed to file an accounting, once by the trial court and once by an appellate court but failed to do so. Since people normally obey court orders, there are not many cases that discuss the consequences of disobedience particularly when the Account that is subsequently filed is

$ 27,000 out of balance.

This parable may also have provided guidance recently to a bankruptcy judge who was faced with a factual situation where a debtor used his annual bonus which he received shortly before filing bankruptcy to take his friends and relatives to Disney for a vacation.

This is just a short note to let you know that I have returned.

Copyrighted 2006


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