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Theology for the common man

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Sunday, September 22, 2019

“The children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.” Jesus' explanation directs his followers and brings to life that as being the “children of light” they should look for a heavenly resolution as the people do in earthly matters. We know that each of us can manage earthly things especially in difficult times and resolve any problem. Sometimes it happens at the cost of an unjustified way so as not to lose too much, and being ahead. This is the lesson of today’s Gospel, as Jesus explains in the parable about the dishonest steward and his two debtors. When the steward becomes aware about his situation and that soon he may be thrown out from his work, because he didn’t want to be without financial means, he calls the debtors of his master and reduces their debt so in the future they would eventually in thanksgiving for that, help him when he would be without a job. And surprise, “the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.” This kind of prudence Jesus demanded of his followers in heavenly matters adding, “Make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” To this last sentence he adds something worthy to notice, learning from the attitude of human prudence, it means, so use the wealth of this earth which has been given to us in stewardship by God that we could gain by them heaven. Jesus thinks here about our sensitivity to human misery and poorness and helping them without claim, credit for merit and even to serve them. If God gave us access to the treasures of this earth and we are in possession in some of them we should share them with others and serve to others through them. This is a way to heaven for the rich people: use the earthly wealth that ultimately does not belong to them but which had been given to them in stewardship and service to reach the goal of heaven. The first reading from the Book of Amos puts aside many needs of the poor people whom their fellow rich countryman treat with cruelty and indifferent. The answer of God is clear: “Never will I forget a thing they have done.” The lesson of Jesus seems very clear to each of us.