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Lluc 16,1-13

The Word of God

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.” And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. ‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’

Lluc 16,1-13
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    • Every human situation was, for Jesus, an opportunity to grow in wisdom. Even as I hear of events in the news that scandalise or dismay me, I might ask the Spirit of Jesus to show me what I might learn.
    • These insights of Jesus seem complicated. I pray that I might not stay with what can cause endless discussion and argument but might be invited, with Jesus, to go deeper and to find wisdom.
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    • The point of this passage is in the commendation of the dishonest steward, not for the moral quality of his behaviour, but for his worldly prudence in using the things of this life to ensure his future in this life. Believers should behave with prudence to ensure their eternal future. One might reflect on how diligently people work for the goods which pass while neglecting the goods that are eternal. Then reflect on oneself.
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    • It is a difficult parable, with two lessons: first, that we should serve the Lord with even more energy and ingenuity than hucksters employ in their business dealings; and secondly that we should use our resources to help the poor. ‘The only things we take with us from our life on earth are those which we have given away.’