Friday, Thirty First Week in Ordinary Time
Phil 3:17–4:1; Ps 122:1-5; Lk 16:1-8
THE EARTHLY LIFE – A PREPARATION FOR ETERNAL LIFE
Listening to this parable at catechism class, a student asked, “Why did Jesus praise a crook for being dishonest?” A second student offered a reply: “Jesus did not praise him for being dishonest. He praised him for having foresight. There is a big difference.” He was right. The owner in today’s parable praised the foresight of the steward, not his dishonesty. What is Jesus trying to teach his disciples through this parable? Just this; that we should exercise the same kind of foresight that the servant did. We should use our time and talents in this life to prepare for the next.
In the first reading, St Paul, writing to the Philippians, clearly states that our citizenship is in heaven. God will transfigure our lowly body, making it like his own body radiant in glory. Paul, with tears in his eyes, appeals to the people of Philippi not to choose the path heading towards ruin; not to make the belly their God and not to feel proud in the things which they should feel ashamed.
We are citizens of the kingdom of God. We need to use all our talents to gain heaven and not to think about earthly things. Our next life is not determined by something we do after our death; rather, it is determined by how we live here on earth. Therefore, we need to be prudent and have foresight while here on earth.
Every person in this life tends to plan for his/her security: money, gold, property, a bank balance, a good house, cars, an insurance and so on. What do we do for our security in heaven? Have we deposited something in heaven as we have deposited something on earth? If not, let us take the example of the dishonest steward of the parable, and with foresight seek to deposit something in heaven for our life after death.
Responsorial Psalm: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
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