Posted by: livingscripture | November 10, 2018

31st Saturday in Ordinary Time



Saturday November 10, 2018

Thirty First Week of Ordinary Time

 WORD of the DAY 

 The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones No servant can serve two masters.   He will either hate one and love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

The Pharisees, who loved money,  heard all these things and sneered at him.  And he said to them, “You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.      (Lk 16: 10, 13-15)


How shall I live this Word?

Jesus asks us to overcome the temptation to ‘to eat our cake and have it too’: ‘Either God or Mammon’, ‘Either God or wealth’, not ‘God and Mammon’, ‘God and wealth’.  The end of life can only be one, not the idols, but the Lord alone loved and witnessed to in the concreteness of life. The goods we own must not be demonized, or even absolutized. Faith in God is played out in fidelity to all the goods that He has entrusted to us: ‘entrusted’ brings us back to something that is not our property or owned. Fidelity is always fidelity to the end, not to the means, and true wisdom is to be able to live knowing that all we have and enjoy is a gift to enter into communion with the Father and with our sisters and brothers.

Lord, our hearts are often divided because they are  enslaved to many masters. Give us the strength and courage to choose what is essential for our joy and that of our brothers and sisters.

 The Voice of Enzo Bianchi

 There is a cut and dried alternative to each of us in our relationship with wealth: either we share it, until we know how to divest ourselves of  it, or it alienates us, making us slaves. It is certainly not difficult to be aware of this reality, which today more than ever has its epiphany under our eyes: profit, gain, possession, luxury in the hands of a few; and on the other hand, poverty to the point of hunger for the greater part of humanity. It is a matter of freedom from oneself, of justice in our relationship with others. When people live by the accumulation of wealth, they think to find security in possessing more and more and looking at money as an instrument of salvation for their own life. Then in their heart there is no place either for others or for God. The disciple must therefore choose, without attempting to  compromise, on the basis of a discernment that imposes an either/or: either service to the living God and liberator, or slavery to the god Mammon, to the wealth that alienates and blinds us.




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