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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 16:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’ The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’ He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’ Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred measures of wheat.’   He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.’ And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than the children of light.”

The Gospel of the Lord

REFECTION: ‘What is this I hear about you?

As a sinner I tremble at thinking that one day my Father will call me and say, "What is this I hear about you?"

Busted!!! Caught!!! And I wonder if it is too late for me. It looks like I will no longer be His steward and so I prepare to explain myself.

But what can I say in my defense? Tearfully St Paul tells us that we conduct ourselves as enemies of the Crucified Christ.

How many times have I justified a sin? My behavior? How many times have I given in to sin knowing full well what I was doing and yet "okayed" my actions. Is my self love my god?

The sins of my youth are so different from my present sins. Is this because age makes you wiser, allows for less guile or because the voice, "What is this I hear about you" is getting louder? Are all the accumulated wealths no longer my idols?

My hope is that as I grow to know every feature of my Love, as His passion is deep in my heart, perhaps, the words that God hears are my repeating the words of David in Psalm 16:2, "I say to the Lord, you are my Lord, you are my only good."

God Bless You.


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