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


Friday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

November 8, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Romans 15:14-21

Psalm 98

Luke 16:1-8

After reflecting on today’s Gospel you may have difficulty in trying to figure out what exactly the point Jesus was trying to make to His disciples.  The question is how can a bad person, the steward, possibly be a good example to others?  Then we realize that this is yet another perfect illustration for a spiritual lesson about the Kingdom of God. 

So then what exactly is the point of the parable?  Jesus commends the dishonest steward for his “prudent actions.”  I believe the word “prudent” used in this case would lead us to believe that the steward had “vision and insight.”  For example, before acting on a problem a shrewd person grasps a critical situation with resolution and foresight.  In this case it allows us to see that our Lord is more concerned here with something more critical that a mere financial crisis.  I believe Jesus’ point for all of us is that we are able to avert any spiritual crisis through the exercise of our faith and foresight. Therefore, our spiritual foresight means thinking ahead.

If we, as Catholic Christians,  would only expend as much foresight and energy to spiritual matters, that  is matters that may lead to eternal consequences, as we expend on earthly matters, which merely have temporal consequences, we would be better off in this life and the life to come.

Sisters and brothers, Jesus is reminding us to be prudent in doing everything possible to hold onto the “real treasure.”   It’s wonderful to have earthly possessions to make our lives easier and especially sharing that treasure to those who are in need.  But isn’t it more important to possess the ideals of Jesus as He leads us to the Father? 

Question of the Day:  Do you have “vision and insight” in the eyes of others?

Prayer:  “God of goodness, make my way always pure and holy.  Let no one who is weak be scandalized because of me.”  (From “Minute Meditations for Each Day by Rev Bede Naegele, O.C.D.)



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