Friday, November 06, 2015
SATURDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time
November 7, 2015 SATURDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time
Rom 16:3 – 9, 16, 22 – 27 / Lk 16:9 – 15
Reading: Rom 16:3 – 9, 16, 22 – 27
Greetings to Prisca and Aquilas, my helpers in Christ Jesus. To save my life, they risked theirs; I am very grateful to them, as are all the churches of the pagan nations. Greetings also to the church that meets in their house. Greetings to my dear Epaenetus, the first in the province of Asia to believe in Christ. Greet Mary, who worked so much for you.
Greetings to Andronicus and Junias, my relatives and companions in prison; they are well known apostles and served Christ before I did.
Give greetings to Ampliatus, whom I love so much in the Lord. Greetings to Urbanus, our fellow worker, and to my dear Stachys.
Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send their greetings.
I, Tertius, the writer of this letter, send you greetings in the Lord.
Greetings from Gaius, who has given me lodging and in whose house the church meets. Greetings from Erastus, treasurer of the city, and from our brother Quartus.
Glory be to God!
He is able to give you strength, according to the Good News I proclaim, announcing Christ Jesus.
Now is revealed the mysterious plan kept hidden for long ages in the past.
By the will of the eternal God it is brought to light, through the prophetic books, and all nations shall believe the faith proclaimed to them.
Glory to God, who alone is wise, through Christ Jesus, for ever! Amen.
Gospel: Lk 16:9 - 15
Jesus said, "And so I tell you: use filthy money to make friends for yourselves, so that when it fails, these people may welcome you into the eternal homes.
"Whoever can be trusted in little things can also be trusted in great ones; whoever is dishonest in slight matters will also be dishonest in greater ones. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling filthy money, who could entrust you with true wealth? And if you have not been trustworthy with things which are not really yours, who will give you the wealth which is your own?
"No servant can serve two masters. Either he does not like the one and is fond of the other, or he regards one highly and the other with contempt. You cannot give yourself both to God and to Money."
The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and sneered at Jesus. He said to them, "You do your best to be considered righteos people, But God knows the heart, and what rises high among humans is loathed by God."
The Gospel reading today follows Jesus' parable of the crafty steward who, forced to make an account of his stewardship before he was dismissed, cleverly hoped to provide for his future by reducing debts owed to his master: "The master commended the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the people of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the people of light." (Lk 16: 8)
The Gospel passage reiterates two key messages of our Lord's preaching: that each one will be held responsible to make use of what one has been given, "Whoever can be trusted in little things can also be trusted in great ones; whoever is dishonest in slight matters will also be dishonest in greater ones" and the primacy of the call to the kingdom of heaven, "No servant can serve two masters. . . . You cannot give yourself both to God and to Money."
In the first reading from the Letter to the Romans St. Paul reminds them of the urgency and primacy of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Today these reminders are given to us for our lives.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
SR. MA. BELLA GALLO R.V.M.
EVELYN LIM HUANG & FAMILY
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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