Luke 16:1-8 Reflection ~
Although I have made great strides, I am still a sinner. As a steward of God, I have put myself on the line. An example is that I am in my seventh year of putting these daily Lectio Divina meditations permanently on the Web. To do so requires an hour of prayer and writing every single day. If you are like me, a sinner, you probably wonder how it is possible that sin and stewardship can coexist. God already knows our weaknesses and is ready to forgive if we confess, have regret, and make corrective course changes. I believe God thinks no less of anyone, which I feel should compel us to express gratitude and, in return, continue trying to avoid sinning. Despite sin, we can and should also be Christ’s light.
Jesus Discourses with His Disciples by James Tissot (full-resolution painting) and more detail at the Brooklyn Museum website.
Luke 16:1-8 – Scripture*
The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2 So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3 Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5 So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ 7 Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Luke 16 Bible passage.