for Sunday, September 19, 2010
Not everyone likes the Gospel reading today, taken from the Gospel
according to Luke. This is the kind of Gospel that doesn't always make
sense to us. Even though we are told that Jesus is commending the sort of
street smartness of the unjust steward, it still sounds like Jesus is
commending the dishonesty of the steward - and that does not sit well with
What is being commended is the capacity of the unjust steward to find his
way out of a situation that could have ruined him entirely. We need to
look at the first reading, from the Prophet Amos. Here again we see people
just taking advantage of one another, not striving to do the right thing.
The real challenge today is to look at my own personal spiritual life. I
need to be honest with myself. Do I really seek God and accept the
difficulties that it brings into my life? Or do I look for ways to appear
good to others without really being good? The more serious I become about
seeking God, the more seriously I can live out what God is asking of me.
Perhaps we can all choose to serve the Lord to the best of our abilities
and see what it means at the practical levels of our life. Are we as
astute as the unjust steward in today's Gospel? I ask that supplications,
prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone - that is the
solution of the author of the second reading today.
Following Jesus Christ is ultimate so very simple: live as He lived with
all the energies of our life. One challenge for most of us is that we are
not consistent in our living the Christian life. Often we live as
Christians as long as it is comfortable for us. When the going gets rough,
then too often we dodge out of doing what is right and just and do that
which will get us out of the situation, rather than that which is right and
The Prophet Amos tells us in the first reading that God knows us, that God
is aware of all within us that is not in keeping with what He was asked us.
The second reading asks us to pray so that everything will turn out all
right. The Gospel, the third reading, repeats again: be bright, be good
and strive to please the Lord so that you can have everlasting life.
Let us strive to follow the advice of today's reading with love and
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