Posted by: livingscripture | November 5, 2011

Thirty First Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“Make friends for yourself with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”

                                                                           Luke 16: 9             

How should we live this Word

 

When I read this parable for the first time, I was taken aback.  How can we traffic with impunity the fruit of dishonesty?  Then I read some good commentaries and I understood.  ‘Make friends with dishonest wealth” means to be persuaded, above all, that money is always ‘dirty’ in the sense that it circulates amid those who are honest and others who are dishonest.  Avarice is attachment to money, to the polluted goods of this world.  But there is a way out.  We make friends among the poor, giving them money or things, showing them respectful understanding, and extending to them the help they need.  In this way we ensure what really counts, being received into the eternal dwelling of heaven when we must leave all wealth behind us.                                                

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this intelligent escape from attachment to riches and possessions.  Generous love gives gratuitously and leads to my own redemption.

 

Lord, help me to put order in my life.  Assist me to use my possessions purely, without holding them only for myself but sharing them freely and willingly with those who have nothing.

The voice of Bishop Oscar Romero, Martyr 

It would be lovely if those who have something would distribute it and share it like brothers and sisters, like beggar companions of the poor.  You are a beggar.  I too am a beggar because what I possess has been lent to me by God.  At the hour of death, I will have to give everything back.


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