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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 22, 2013

WITH WHAT HAVE WE BEEN ENTRUSTED?

The question the Gospel poses to us is what have we been entrusted with?  Are they small things?  Big things?  Are they things of this world or things of the next?

The Gospel is a confusing one to be sure – even the commentaries speak of confusion trying to make sense of Jesus’ intention as it seems odd to offer praise for someone who did wrong.  But it is all about waking up, paying attention – much like a pain in the chest, or a warning light on the car.

Everything is a gift, given to us, for a finite amount of time, so that it may be transformed, increased and then passed on to others.  But we forget this and we get comfortable and complacent – until something happens. . . Of course, it would be better to be proactive or in the case of our steward to do his job so well that he wouldn’t ever get fired.

But he does and he take drastic action in hopes of surviving.  He hatches this morally questionably scheme so that, if anything, he will have some friends when he is unemployed.  But rather than be punished, he is praised for his decisive action.

What does it take for us to be shaken out of our comfort zone?  What will it take for us to take action?

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13)

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