Friday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

November 6, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 3:17-4:1

Psalm 122

Luke 16:1-8


            There is a story about a man bought a parrot and taught it to say one word, “Today!”  When he got up in the morning and when he came home at night the bird would always remind him, Today!”   There was no procrastination around that bird.  “Today, today, today,” it screamed.

About six months later the man bought another parrot.  He taught that bird to say one word which was, “Tomorrow.”    The man reasoned, “I have been living as if there were no future.  I thought that today was all that was to be and I found it was not so.”   The moral of the story is the two parrots helped the man keep his mind on the realities of life; both in the today’s and the tomorrow’s.  It is very possible that the steward in today’s Gospel narrative heard both words from the two parrots.  Tomorrow is God’s Day of Judgement!

            The Gospel of Saint Luke is all about being smart and shrewd.  The dishonest steward sensed that he was about to lose his job today, and creates a strategy and begins turning the table in his favor for tomorrow’s sake.  Interestingly, the original meaning of “shrewdness” is “foresight.”  A shrewd person grasps a critical situation with resolution and foresight.  It is said that Jesus was concerned with spiritual crisis which is more critical than a financial crisis.  We can avert this crisis through the exercise of faith and foresight

            I suspect that if Christians would only expend as much foresight and energy to spiritual matters which have eternal consequences as much as they do to earthly matters which have temporal consequences, they would be truly better off, both in this life and in the live to come.   Don’t you agree? 

Question of the Day:  How will you become a child of the light and follow Jesus who is the Light?

Prayer:  “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”  (Psalm 122)



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