Sunday, September 19, 2010

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Year C

Today the gospel is Luke 16:1-13. This story of the cunning steward can be misleading. Is our Lord telling us to be deceiving as this steward is as he thinks "what shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me?" Then he writes down all the debts due to his master. Jesus comments "the sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light.

St. Augustine makes our Lord's comment's clear: "Why did the Lord propose this parable? Not because that servant was a model for us to imitate. Nonetheless, the worldly-wise steward had an eye to the future. So too should the Christian have this determination to secure his eternal reward."

Francis Fernandez comments in In Conversation with God, "We Christians must put the same amount of zeal into the service of God. In the spiritual realm, we have to make a heroic effort to win Heaven."

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