November 8, 2008
Saturday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Luke 16: 9-15
Jesus said to his disciples: "I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all these things and sneered at him. And he said to them, "You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God."
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for your constant love. Your presence, your understanding, your forgiveness and your peace have so often sustained me. I want to respond to such a faithful and generous love with all the generosity I can muster. I realize what I have to offer is small, but what I have, I gladly give to you.
Petition: Lord Jesus, let me love you by fulfilling my daily duty out of love.
1. Put Your Gifts at the Service of Others
“If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?” Ultimately, what we possess isn’t ours; it belongs to God. We have simply been entrusted with it to do good to others. While the Church recognizes the right to private property, it in no way impinges upon our moral obligation to serve our brothers and sisters. This understanding that the world’s goods are first and foremost for the benefit of all is known as the Principle of the Universal Destiny of Goods. Naturally, our first responsibility is to our families, but we must also be truly willing to help others.
2. Faithfulness in the Details
“The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.” This phrase reveals a profound psychological truth: Our conscience is strengthened or weakened by the countless decisions we make every day. Therefore, fidelity, especially in small things, implies great heroism. It exalts our spiritual and human life, and most importantly makes it an object of great pleasure for God. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy” (cf. Matthew 25:21). If you want to do great things for God, work on the details.
3. Where Your Heart Is, There Too Your Treasure Lies
“No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.” Only one thing can take the first place in our heart. Whatever it is, everything else will be sacrificed for that love. If money is our master, then everything else falls before it: family, faith, friendship… everything. Yet the most subtle of all forms of idolatry is the worship of self. It is very easy to make ourselves the standard for everything we do: our likes, our comfort, our ideas, our free time. A trick to discovering what holds first place in our heart is to reflect on our daydreams. What do you think of most in moments of rest? That is where your heart is. Is God in your daydreams? Is he in the center of your heart?
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, please conquer my heart. It is easy to get distracted by so many different things. Help me to learn that the things and people around me are there to help me reach you and I am here to help them get to heaven too. Let me relate to them as you would have me do. Let me love you a great deal in the small details of every day.
Resolution: I will fulfill one of my daily chores as well as I can for love of God.
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