Readings: Amos 8:4-7; Ps 112:1-2, 4-8; 1 Tim 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time,
“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much” (Lk 16:10)
“Jesus’ teachings are so outdated.” “I’d much rather fit in than stand out by practising Christianity.” “The Church is terribly boring.” These and similar statements are common in a world that offers lofty promises in exchange for conformity, compromise and a casual attitude. But high stress levels, health issues, frowning faces, endless complaints, constant worrying, abuse in relationships, a desperate search for love in the wrong people or places – all these and more are the direct result of the increasing selfishness and unconcern of many.
While it is easy to dismiss such things as trivial, what we Christians need to reflect on is our role as beacons of light in an otherwise dark world. The scandals that have plagued the Church are a consequence of living dual lives – professing our faith in church or at spiritual gatherings and living in stark contradiction outside of them.
We are stewards of all that God has blessed us with; failing to use it prudently is a violation of God’s trust. Today’s Gospel challenges us to do what it takes to make a positive difference in the world – beginning with the little things (Focus). In this way, we will glorify God and lift up the weak.
Fruit: By adopting an attitude that encourages faithfulness in thought, word and deed, I can live up to the stern challenge of Christian living.