November 4, Friday, 31st Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: Philippians 3:17-4:1; Gospel: Luke 16:1-8
Does God uphold the unjust way of extracting wealth for one’s selfishness? I don't think so! In today's gospel passage, it seems like Jesus praises and encourages stealing, dishonesty, and lying. Jesus is just praising the steward for being smart enough to save money in case his master fires him and throws him into hard times.
How is my attitude in times of crisis and hard times? Where do I go? What do I do to maintain the rhythm of life?
The rich manager stands for a worldly attitude. He wants to get more and more money, even if it means doing something wrong, which is why he even likes the steward's sneaky but smart move. Dishonesty has less value in today’s world. Jesus is just warning us about the ways of the world.
People think you are smart and wise if you know how to stay alive in the world today. Jesus is asking us today, "If you are so clever, shrewd, and manipulative in looking for a way to make money so you can live, why don't you use the same intelligence in your spiritual life?"
Our shrewdness in spiritual life will win us glorified and eternal dwellings in heaven. We will be blessed and good servants if we speak out against the world's unfair and manipulative ways.
Jesus doesn't want us to be like the rich man or the steward who was unfair and used people.
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