Yesterday was the solemnity of Christ the King. I started a post, dropped it, then decided I couldn’t let the day go without mention.
Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is bursting with Catholic imagery even without a single direct reference to God or religion. I’ll try to minimize any spoilers as there are still some people who have not read the books.
Before reading LOTR, I had some understanding of kingship, which the story line probably deepened. But stewardship was nothing more than a word until I read of Denethor’s stewardship of the city of Gondor. He ruled in the stead of, in place of, the king until the king’s return. (Your bonus for today is that you now know the origin of the word “instead”.) He was responsible for making sure the city was safe, secure, and in good working order so that he could hand it over to the king on the king’s return.
Possible SPOILER alert: Denethor turned out to be a bad steward, but his son Faramir gave the example of a good steward.
Since we’re called to be stewards until Jesus’ second coming, the idea of keeping our corner of the world (and sometimes beyond) safe, secure, and in good working order according to spiritual principles has helped formed my idea of stewardship.