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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 19, 2010

JUSTICE OUTSIDE THE BOX

Today’s Gospel is not only confusing, but potentially misleading.  Only through a careful study of Luke’s intentions do we understand that Jesus is saying much more than we might first believe.

Jesus is not encouraging us to be shrewd in our affairs on this earth in order to benefit the common good.  No, because this is not consistent with the rest of Jesus’ teachings.

Others have said that the connection of this story to the audience of Jesus as the time is the need to act decisively; and while this is an important point, I believe Jesus suggesting that the normal standards of justice are denied in the Kingdom of God.

That is to say Jesus is painting a picture of a society that operates entirely different than anything we have ever known.

In the heavenly Kingdom, justice and power are not the same – there is no getting even; there is no retribution.

In a world were no one is the perfect example, we are challenged to think outside the box.  All human structures and people will ultimately fail you, so let God be your compass.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Amos 8:4-7; Timothy 2: 1-7; Luke 16: 1-13 )

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