Friday, November 09, 2018
SATURDAY, 31ST Week in Ordinary Time
November 10, 2018 – SATURDAY, 31ST Week in Ordinary Time
St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
Phil 4: 10- 19 / Lk 16: 9 – 15
The Council of Chalcedon (451) which defined Jesus Christ as one divine Person with two natures was held during the pontificate of Pope St. Leo the Great (d. 461). St. Leo also fought against the Manicheans, the Nestorians, the Priscillianists and the Arians.
FROM THE 1ST READING; Phil 4: 10, 17, 19
I rejoice in the Lord because of your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me before, but you had no opportunity to show it. ...
It is not your gift that I value but rather the interest increasing in your account. . . . God himself will provide you with everything you need, according to his riches, and show you his generosity in Christ Jesus.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 16: 9- 15
Jesus said to his disciples, "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 to God and to Money."
The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all of this and sneered at Jesus. He said to them, "You do your best to be considered righteous by people. But God knows the heart, and what rises high among humans is loathed by God."
In the first reading PauI thanks the Christian community at Philippi for their concern and support for him. Paul's letters tell us of the love and support for each other of the early Christians.
In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us to use money or material wealth wisely. He reminds us to beware of greed and needless search, even worship of money.
People who love money love to have many possessions, much more than they need. They enjoy luxurious living, fancy possessions and showing their wealth. Though money and wealth are not in themselves sinful, they can easily make slaves of people in their endless quest for money and for more. Being slaves of money, we ourselves become corrupted. And money itself becomes our idol.
Every human being has the right to a decent livelihood and life. We need money or its equivalent for a decent human life. God invites us to use money wisely.
Let us be masters of our money and not its slaves.
Have a good day!
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