Posted by: livingscripture | November 10, 2017

St. Gregory the Great

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

November 10, 2017

31st Friday in Ordinary Time

St. Gregory the Great

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 

For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light (Luke 16: 8)

 

How shall I live this Word?

It sometimes happens that the erroneous interpretation of this passage needs to be corrected.  The prudence referred to here is not a virtue but shrewdness.  It is an accentuated cunning to profit from a cause of concern to those who, if they succeed in it and act this way are the “children of this world”.

Jesus, however, in the parable presents us with the figure of such a one who is in trouble. Far from having been a good administrator of the master’s assets, he had depleted those goods that had been entrusted to him.  Called by the master to account for his work, he chooses a dishonest but quick way, by discounting in large part the debts of the subordinates.

The emphasis is therefore not on the imperative duty of honesty. Rather, it is about being aware and using the most appropriate means to get the “profit” that God Himself wants from us. It is in fact a good thing: a pardon.

O Lord, grant that I may always be your true child, a child of light.  Illumine my mind and heart so that I may know how to choose the right ways to do good.  It happens to me at times that I am in trouble.  Instead of closing in on myself, barricading myself inside the emergencies of various events, grant that I may know how meet others with expressions of goodness, of understanding, of help, of sharing, of quick forgiveness.

You who said to forgive 70 times 7, always, help me to know how to live these opportunities for forgiveness so that I may more and more be an authentic Child of the Light. 

The Voice of Og Mandino, Author

 Starting from today, treat everyone you meet today as though you were to die by midnight.  Give all the care, gentleness, understanding of which you are capable, and do it without thinking about a recompense.  Your life will never be the same.

 

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