10/11 Friday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time“The parable of the shrewd manager”

Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke


The parable of the shrewd manager
16 Jesus told his disciples: ‘There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, “What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.”
3 ‘The manager said to himself, “What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg – 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.”
5 ‘So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?”
6 ‘“Three thousand litres of olive oil,” he replied.
‘The manager told him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifteen hundred.”
7 ‘Then he asked the second, “And how much do you owe?”
‘“Thirty tons of wheat,” he replied.
‘He told him, “Take your bill and make it twenty-four.”
8 ‘The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.
The Gospel of the Lord


REFLECTION

Awakening from slumber, apathy, and selfishness

Sons of light
From this parable, Jesus invites his disciples to imitate as “sons of light”, the “shrewdness” that the “dishonest administrator” displayed, as “son of this world” for the good of the kingdom of God. It is not the administrator’s dishonesty that is laudable, only his cleverness and skill.


In Jesus’ reflection, the children of light, that is, those who are guileless and upright must imitate the shrewdness, cunning and foresight that the children of this world employ, that is, (the children of darkness) those who use malicious or dishonest means to conduct their affairs, as is written in the scrolls of the Essenes of Qumran. It is not the merchant’s corruption and lack of honour that is presented as a model, but his sagacity. This fundamental lesson or global teaching of the parable serves as a warning to the children of light, to those who are good.

Builders of the Kingdom:


However, it is our mission as witnesses, to show that we can serve God and not our petty interests, using our material possessions without losing the benefits of eternal blessings and making God’s reign a reality in the midst of our daily lives.

From word to action:


Today Jesus shows us another path. To give generously of our possessions, whether they are few or many, in order to help our brothers and sisters, especially the poor, accruing our wealth in our heavenly account through acts of love and not acts of selfishness, the dividends are only payable through acts of love.


If we do not convert our hearts to follow Jesus’ principles regarding money, possessions and wealth, we will not be fit to be considered Christians. May we always have compassion; love and mercy in our hearts, becoming truly pious and not just culturally observant Christians.


PRAYER


Lord, show us how to be truly selfless and generous both in spirit and materially so that we may help those neediest among us and so not miss out on the immense riches of your Kingdom. Amen

Today, on the 10th of November, I would like you  to share a reflection on the word of God for this day. You can write generally about the theme: “The children of this world are wiser than the children of light,” or you can develop one of the following topics:

Awakening from slumber, apathy, and selfishness:

Builders of the Kingdom:

Relation to the life of St. Leo the Great:

From word to action:

My personal prayer:

Feel free to choose a specific topic or blend elements from multiple topics to create a comprehensive reflection on the significance of the chosen theme.