Posted by: livingscripture | September 19, 2010

Twenty Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?

                                                                    Luke. 16: 11                

 How should we live this Word

 We are here faced with a parable that perplexes us because of its paradoxical affirmations that seem contradictory.  In reality, only by delving into these problematic knots are we able to find the limpid and solid message.  Jesus reminds us of the fact that riches, economic or otherwise, do not belong to us.  We simply administer them.  Yet, if they come from God, they cannot be evil of themselves.

 What makes them evil is using them against the wishes of the ‘owner’.  This thought is further clarified by the phrase that follows, “You cannot serve both God and mammon.”  Evil is idolizing riches, not by using them but by becoming their slave.  Avidity transforms them into instruments of power.  The horizon closes in on itself like a spider web.  When the point of attachment is broken, it engulfs the one that wove it and suffocates it.

 Riches can be evil when they pierce the wings, impeding access to the only true riches, the Kingdom of God, the triumph of Love on the earth, though in a limited and imperfect form.  Riches are evil when we attribute to them a definitiveness they do not have.   

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will verify if the consideration and use of the riches that have been entrusted to me to administer, are according to God’s plan.  Do I put them at the service of others?  Am I a slave to them? 

 Lord, grant me a free heart that knows how to enjoy Your gifts without becoming a slave to them.  Help me to see in them the means to make my life a service of love.

 The voice of Bruno of Segni, spiritual person

 The things that can be lost at any moment of our life, like all temporal goods, are not ours.  Instead, what are ours are the goods we cannot lose.  The riches of others are temporal.  Our true wealth lies in being good and not placing our hope in temporal goods.  However, this wealth that is truly ours will not be given us if we are not faithful in the administration of temporal goods.  On this condition, true goods have been destined for us.

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