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Sep 19, 2013 Written by 

25th Sunday in Ordinary time-year C (22nd September, 2013) Be the first to comment!

 

Amos 8:4-7; Ps.112; 1Tim.2:1-8; Lk.16:1-13.

Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great – Lk.16:10. The liturgy of today upholds trustworthiness as opposed to the vice of dishonesty. Realities in the world can compromise a person’s worth and so trample down what is truly valuable and personal; yet these material things are little, temporal, optional, and tainted. Heavenly virtues are genuine, truly ours, and lead us to eternity – 1Thess.4:9–12.

Since it is not possible to faithfully serve two masters at the same time; we are advised to put things in their right perspective and prioritise what is most valuable. Real treasure lies in the service of God and fellow human beings. To exploit human life and dignity for the sake of wealth acquisition undermines the reason for which God grants it to us. Every acquisition of relinquish of wealth must have a corresponding value to eternal life. It is prayer therefore, which cements this relationship between material wealth and eternal life. Wealth should be used to serve human life and so make friends. Prayer in its entirety can strengthen the bond of friendship between us and God – Heb.13:7–9.

Popular piety is a true place to encounter Christ. It expresses the faith of the Christian people in God through devotion to: saints like the Blessed Virgin Mary, sacramentals, and sacred items and places. The New Evangelisation recognises the value of these faith experiences and encourages them as ways to grow in Christian virtue. Pilgrimages to shrines and sanctuaries are an important aspect of the new evangelisation, because popular piety is an especially promising opportunity for conversion and the growth of faith. Popular piety in fact, can be a response and an avenue to denounce situations of oppression and discrimination like the one that we see in the first reading and an opening to universal prayer as suggested by St Paul in the second reading – 1Tm.2:1–2.   

It is important therefore that a pastoral plan be developed that properly welcomes the pilgrims and, in response to the deep desire of the pilgrims, opportunities be offered so that the time of the pilgrimage can be lived as a true moment of grace. Popular piety should not be superficial especially when people focus on feeling good instead of strengthening their relationship with Jesus Christ. This can be considered a little gesture of prayer but when we are faithful to it we grow stronger in giving account of our stewardship in this world – Ruth 1:16–17.   

St Paul writing to Timothy advised him that prayer and faith should be universal addressed to God for all kinds of people and situations. We pray for those who are good to be better, the wicked to be virtuous and so forth because God who is in Heaven wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth – 1Tm.2:4. In every place then, says st Paul; we should lift up our hands reverently with no anger or argument in prayer. Our prayers cannot rise to God if our hands are impure: meaning that they are dirty, tainted and so hurt others – Mt.5:23–25.

In this respect St Paul underscores the earlier point we raised that popular piety alone is not enough to grow in faith in Jesus Christ. Like the dishonest steward whose astuteness Jesus praises in the parable that we have read; we must start acting wisely, with generosity and establish a sincere relationship of paternity with God and fraternity among ourselves as human beings. With the summons of the master, the steward came to understand that our past and present life has to serve the future. He gave up lust for goods to embrace the love of God and neighbour – Mk.3:35.

Some of the aspects to reflect about include: how to turn tainted money or vanity into eternal wealth and happiness. Use money tainted as it is, to win you friends and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into eternal dwellings – Lk.16:9. Use the little time we have at our disposal to make profit from the goods of this world and achieve eternity. We human beings are not the masters of the world and its goods; it is wrong therefore, to want that things rotate around us. God the author of everything should be at the centre of life and its functions – Jn.5:30.

Last but not least, we are taught to be good administrators or custodians of creation. Jesus did not acclaim the steward for misuse of what he had been entrusted with; he had been accused of being wasteful. He praised him instead for being astute; which is regarded as a correct use of possessions. We should hold wealth in transit since it is meant to be shared not to be adored, hoarded or and abused. In a nutshell, the things of this world are little, tainted, not ours, while the ones of the world to come are great, genuine riches, and they are ours for common use. St Paul encourages us to live a worth life; to imitate Jesus Christ is to offer ourselves as a sacrifice and avoid exploitation of persons and situations for selfish ends – Gal.3:1–5.          

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