Saturday, November 07, 2015

Trustworthy in Small Matters

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?  Luke 16:10-11

Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Today Luke focuses his laser on wealth once again pointing out the incompatibility of serving God and being a slave to riches. “To be dependent upon wealth is opposed to the teachings of Jesus who counseled complete dependence on the Father as one of the characteristics of the Christian disciple.” 

Guarding against greed and choosing generosity instead is a theme woven throughout Luke’s Good News.  From the very first chapter in the Canticle of Mary, we hear:  “He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.” (Luke 1:52-53).  The theme plays itself out in many stories – the good Samaritan, the rich man and Lazarus, the poor widow, the good steward, the Pharisee and the tax collector, etc.

If we are to be good disciples, them our attitude about money must mirror the attitude of Jesus.  Being trustworthy in today’s reading means using money correctly and not giving in to blind greed.  Dishonest wealth and how we use it prevents us from being open to helping others and from being open to the gifts God wants to provide to us.  To be trusted with true wealth, we must handle the small issues that arise every day to be generous because we cannot love both God and money.

What role does money (lack of it or abundance of it) play in your life?  It manifests itself in our possessions, in our bank and retirement accounts, and in our charitable behavior.  As we approach the end of the year, have you made a plan for your volunteer work over the holidays and your charitable giving plans?

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