Who Is Your Master?

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Come and See 25

25th Sunday Ordinary Time C

Luke 16:1-13

This parable from Luke is difficult to interpret. Does Jesus encourage his disciple to imitate the unjust actions of the steward? Absolutely not! However, “the version maintains that what is to be imitated is the steward’s shrewdness [wisdom] in the use of the possessions.”[1] The steward’s attitude toward possessions is indifferent. He knows that they are not his. He is just a steward, not a master. Nothing in his pocket belongs to him.

For Luke, money can burn disciples’ life; therefore, renouncing money and sharing it with the poor are priorities of the disciples. “No servant can serve two masters.” ““Serving” amounts to adoring, worshiping.”[2] It engages the whole personal time, life, and love. In this context, to serve God or “mammon” (money) is unavoidable choice for a disciple. When “mammon” becomes an idol, it can seduce us from God; it can tie us to materials, and it can turn us into slavery.

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Dear my friends, to seek the kingdom of God is the journey of detachment: to detach from worldly things, and to attach to the eternality. The very foundation of our faith is that God is only our Master. Coming to the Banquet of Sunday, we are called to participate in the liturgy and to convert ourselves to our Master who empowers us to respond enthusiastically to his Word “Amen.”

If we do not willingly share materials to the poor, how can we be entrusted with the heavenly reality? If we share earthly possessions that are on loan from God, we will be rewarded the heavenly possessions.

Lord, teach me to use possessions wisely.

[1] NJBC, Luke 16:1-8a

[2] Days of the Lord, Vo 6, 227.

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