Reflection on Luke 16:9-15 ~
Jesus speaks to the poor and the poor of spirit as well as the rich and those rich in spirit. These are not necessarily synonymous. If you are poor or rich but generous with God’s gift to you of time, talent or treasures you are filled with Spirit. To be filled with Christ’s Spirit comes with serving the Lord as master. I have learned that to think rich people are not generous (or willing to be) creates a wall. I know firsthand that to love requires an open heart.
Luke 16 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
10 “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13 No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
The Law and the Kingdom of God
14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him. 15 So he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 16:9-15.