You cannot be the slave both of God and money
How easy to take the words of Jesus out of context: “Use money to win you friends, is one of those lines that sounds strange to us outside the context of the parable and the teaching in today’s Gospel. Even the parable itself can seem a little strange is Jesus really recommending that we act like dishonest stewards? No, of course not! The point that reveals this is hidden half way down: “The children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind…” Jesus in a way praises the effort of the dishonest steward, but wishes that it was directed less to worldly things, but to the things of heaven. And this is the message that we are to take: where do we direct our energies – to making money, fame, fortune and success, or to finding friends in heaven?
Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed both now and for evermore!
High above all nations is the Lord, above the heavens his glory.
Who is like the Lord, our God, who has risen on high to his throne
yet stoops from the heights to look down, to look down upon the earth?
From dust he lifts up the lowly, from the dung heap he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes, yes, with the princes of his people.
First Reading: Amos 8:4-7
Second Reading: Tim 2:1-8
Gospel Reading: Luke 16:1-13
World Day of Prayer for Peace
Pope Francis has invited Catholics throughout the world to join him in a day of prayer for peace, Tuesday 20th September. He has composed this prayer especially for this day:
God of all grace, call the nations of the earth to cease from strife, that all may join to fight not one another but their common foes of ignorance and want, disease and sin.
Lead humanity back from the way of death and into the way of life; from destruction to the building up of a world of righteousness and peace, liberty and joy.
End the dark night of lies and cruelty. Bring in the dawn of mercy and truth. Amen.