Reflection 12 

Text (Gospel Story) Luke 16:1-13

Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said… ‘Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward’. The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do?…I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg’….So he called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’ He said, ‘Hereis your promissory note. Sit down and write fifty.’ Then to another who owed one hundred kors of wheat, he said ‘Here is your promissory note, write one for eighty.’And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.”

Sharing the Mission

What Jesus is trying to tell us is that money is a good servant but a bad master. When money is employed as a servant, it can bring joy and comfort to millions and especially to those who have little or none of it. But let money become our master, let it take the first place in our lives and it can be a tyrant. It can harden our he arts and blind our vision of the supreme realities of our existence. Millions of dollars passed through the hands of
St Vincent de Paul and he made every cent a good servant. Vincent regarded the money which he received or possessed as the “patrimony of the poor,” and so it was always to be used for the benefit of the poor.

Discussion 

How does the message(s) contained within the Sharing of Mission resonate with you?

Prayer

(Leader) Lord, as pilgrims on the journey,

(Together) May we travel together in charity and service.

(Leader) Lord, as servants of the poor and one another,

(Together) May we reach out our hands in charity and service.

(Leader) Lord, as we daily embrace the call to live in integrity,

(Together) May we reach out our hearts in charity and service. Amen