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Luke 16:1-8

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 accounting 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.

Luke 16:1-8
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    • There was nothing that couldn't speak to Jesus about the kingdom of God! I might ask the Holy Spirit to help me to look at my life and at the events that concern me and to help me, rather than being put off by what seems scandalous, to be encouraged to use my energies assiduously in the service of the Gospel.
    • Jesus calls me to take care of the resources that are available to me. I consider the benefits that I have - such as intelligence, opportunities and time - and ask God how I might use them best for God's glory, for the service of others and for my own growth.
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    • Jesus tells us of someone who, having acted unjustly and having being exposed by his employer went to great trouble to make friends of his master’s debtors, by forgoing his commission on the debts. In this way, he provided for the lean days ahead.
    • Jesus makes the point that we too should take stock of how we stand with God. We too have our weaknesses, perhaps, at times, squandering our God-given gifts. In the end, our God is a God of compassion on whom we depend for forgiveness.
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    • This is a strange parable. It seems to unfold within the value-system of "the children of this age". As the dishonest manager tries to deal with the consequences of his imminent dismissal, he does so by perpetrating further dishonesty. For this even his employer praises him "because he had acted shrewdly". Cleverness, astuteness, canniness (even if morally reprehensible) are admired in this world of business.
    • Within the very different value-system of "the children of light", do we have the same level of shrewdness and astuteness (but exercised morally) as the manager in the parable?
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    • Lord, you are telling me to be cute, by using wisely whatever wealth I have. Having money is a responsibility. I can use it selfishly, or with a sensitivity to others’ needs. God gave us temporal things to use. My wealth consists not in what I keep but in what I gave away. You will judge me by how I use the things of which I am only a steward. The only riches we take from this world are those we have given away.
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    • If you are in debt it would be such a relief to have the bank manager cut your debt. God has already cancelled my debt. I am now free before God, and very grateful.
    • How am I managing the gifts God has given me? They are meant to be at the service of those who are most needy.
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    • Jesus says that we can learn even from dishonest people who are smart! The manager adapts quickly to a crisis. When a crisis hits me, do I turn to God and work out what to do, or do I let the crisis ruin my life?
    • Saint Luke highlights the importance of care for the poor. Those who listened to this story would have smiled at how the poor benefit from the dishonesty of the manager. I hear Jesus ask me: Are the poor important to you?
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    • Lord, you are telling me to be cute, by using wisely whatever wealth I have. Having money is a responsibility. I can use it selfishly, or to help my friends and the needy. God gave us temporal things to use. My wealth consists not in what I keep but in what I gave away. You will judge me by how I use the things of which I am only a steward.
    • Prayer can be a time of growing in wisdom and discernment; to put a question or decision before the Lord can put it into the wide perspective of love, mission, or gratitude. There are many other aspects of a decision which may arise in prayer.