Thursday, November 07, 2019


FRIDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time

November 8, 2019 – FRIDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time

Rom 15: 14 – 21 / Lk 16: 1 – 8

FROM THE 1ST READING: Rom 15: 14 – 16
As for me, brothers and sisters, I am convinced that you have goodwill, knowledge and the capacity to advise each other; nevertheless I have written boldly in some parts of this letter to remind you of what you already know. I do this according to the grace God has given to me when I was sent to the pagan nations. I dedicate myself to the service of the Good News of God as a priest of Christ Jesus, in order to present the non-Jews to God as an agreeable offering consecrated by the Holy Spirit.

GOSPEL READING: Lk 16: 1 – 8
At another time Jesus told his disciples, "There was a rich man whose steward was reported to him for fraudulent service. He summoned the steward and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? I want you to render an account of your service for it is about to be terminated.'

"The steward thought to himself, 'What am I to do now? My master will surely dismiss me. I am not strong enough to do hard work, and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I will do: I must make sure that when I am dismissed, there will be some people to welcome me into their house.'

"So he called his master's debtors one by one. He asked the first who came: 'How much do you owe my master?' The reply was: 'A  hundred jars  of oil.' The steward said: 'Here is your bill. Sit down quickly and write there fifty.' To the second he put the same question: 'How much do you owe?' The answer was: 'A thousand bushels of wheat.' Then he said: 'Take your bill and write down eight hundred.'

"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."

In the first reading St. Paul reiterates his special calling from God to be a special instrument for the spread of the Gospel, to be the God-appointed Apostle to the Gentiles.

In the Gospel parable of the crafty steward, the master in the parable commended the dishonest steward for his astuteness: he planned wisely with foresight and dishonest craftiness to provide for his future once he was dismissed from his master's service for his dishonesty.

Jesus reminds us to exercise the same foresight and planning that the dishonest steward showed.. In another parable Jesus insisted that we be responsible stewards of the gifts, talents and, indeed, the world that God has given us. In the parable of the talents the master rewards those who were good and faithful servants, who were faithful in little things, and punishes the one who just buried the talent. (Mt 25: 14 – 30

We honor God when we make good use of what he has given to us in this world.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

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