November 8, 2019 (Friday of week 31 Year I)
The Sons of the world
Dear friends in Christ, those who truly believe in God must commit the same kind of energy they bring into their jobs to their faith, if they want to achieve the right results. The sons of this world are wise in dealing with their kinds, how come the children of God are not, when it comes to the things of faith?
In today’s Gospel (Luke 16: 1-8) the Lord used the example of a dishonest servant to teach his disciples to use their gifts positively. The steward in the story was accused of wasting his master’s resources, a clear case of mismanagement. This is further proofed by the question the steward asked the debtors, “How much do you owe my master?” Could it mean, that he had no proper record of the debts?
The master had called him and asked that he should prepare a proper account of his stewardship, as he was to be sacked. “What is this I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be my steward.” His condition worsened his situation, because if thrown out of his present job, he will be a nobody. He thought better of it because, he had no strength for hard labour and will be too ashamed to go begging. What next? He decided to rearrange the debts by pardoning some of what the debtors owed. When he presented his account to the master, he was commended. We do not know what eventually happened to this steward, but the fact that he was praised by the master for his prudence(astuteness), is what Jesus is drawing on in the story. The reason is that, “The sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light.” The quick thinking of this steward, to make sure he does not lose out completely is commendable and not his mismanagement. Can Christians take a cue from him and manage well the opportunities that are available, to attain the salvation promised by the Lord.
What Jesus is asking of us through this story is to use the practical wisdom of this steward to ensure places in the eternal dwelling of heaven. He admonished them, “Make friends for yourself by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into eternal habitations.” Money is meant to be used in the service of the community. There is no need to hoard what you have, so as not to lose from both ends. When death comes calling, no one will take anything out of this world and it is important to truly appreciate that, while you are here. Do your best to treat everyone with respect and generosity. Those you help on their way, will turn around and help you on your way.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to use the passing gifts of today with prudence and bless us with that which is eternal. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.