(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, September 18, 2016)
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the world in general as well as in different communities, there is growing concern that the gulf between the "haves" and the "have nots" has grown to the point of alarm. Greed for profit has seriously injured the rights of workers. If any of us are on the wrong track, then Catholic social teaching would suggest that we change direction.
The prophet Amos, while speaking in the Eighth Century B.C., might just as well be voicing God's judgment on our present-day society. It is just not acceptable to Him! In fact, greed seems to be one of those sins which angers God the most. It's a question of good stewardship. When greed rules our lives, we make decisions that often deprive the poor.
Although the story in today's Gospel about the unjust steward who is about to be fired is somewhat confusing, the main lesson is very clear: "The children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light." How come? Because this steward, seeing he is about to be fired, reduces the debts of all his master's debtors. In so doing, he makes his master look good and makes friends of those debtors he had cheated by giving back to them. Even though he lost his job, he neatly provides for his future state of unemployment. He was a very clever man.
God so wishes that his followers, in spreading the Kingdom, would imitate the intelligence of the worldly! So, we should show some skill in securing our salvation?
But how? By praying earnestly every day for our brothers and sisters in purgatory, so that when we die and are in that place of purification ourselves, those for whom our prayers have earned Heaven may return the favor, and beseech the Lord to shorten our stay there and bring us immediately to eternal joy.
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor