Ordinary Time, 25th Sunday (C) How can we understand the parable of the dishonest steward (Luke 16:1-13)? Jesus explains: You cannot serve both God and mammon. The steward is a hard-working servant of mammon. Jesus admires his work ethic. Why don't the servants of God work as hard to store up treasure in Heaven?

The dishonest steward learns that money isn't everything. So he decides to use his money to get himself some friends. We are stewards of Almighty God. But most of us are squandering God's gifts by investing them on ourselves and on this world. "I tell you," Jesus says, "make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings." In other words, take God's blessings and use them to bless others. And you in turn will be eternally blessed.

(22 Sep 2019)

Going Deeper: One of the options for the blessing of a newly married couple says:

"May you be witnesses in the world to God's charity,
so that the afflicted and needy who have known your kindness
may one day receive you thankfully into the eternal dwelling of God."

Pray about a way you can live out this calling in the coming week.

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