Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 24th Sunday Ordinary Time September 11, 2022 “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”
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Luke 16:19-31 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 25, 2022 “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”
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Luke 16:1-13 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 18, 2022 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 both God and mammon.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Amos 8:4-7
1Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

A. Text/Context
• So, we have a parable of a dishonest and shrewd steward, but in the end the master even give praise to this dishonest steward. Murag dili siya ensakto
• But the parable of the dishonest steward is not to be understood that way
• We have to understand it in the light of the Palestinian custom of usury or the levy of interest
• The wealthy people who own large properties of course will not do the dirty job of selling the goods or products
• As the gospel mentioned the agents in Palestine at that time normally charge a 100% commission on the wholesale price if we put it in today’s context
• If you owe a hundred pesos the actual money you received is just 50 pesos. They levy an interest og up to a hundred percent
• That is the normal practice of usury during the time of Jesus
• So the master heard that the steward is squandering his property so he was summoned to make an accounting
• But in the end, it appears that the wholesale price is met because the master was happy after the accounting
• Wala na magpatubo ang ahente mao nga nabalik ang capital
• The steward did this so that in the event that he will be fired from his job he will have friends to go to
• In other words, the shrewd steward has a fallback in times of crisis because people who have been recipients of his charity will now reciprocate the good deeds done by the steward

B. Human Situation
• Of course, this is not the method of business that St. Luke wants to convey
• There is an underlying value behind the parable
• The story is a parable about the KOG and it drives home a lesson that we must be very decisive when we are confronted with a severe crisis that we have to make a good decision to ease our difficulty
• We are all sinners and so for example if a person or anybody who for a certain period of time of his or her life just lived a life of deceit and corruption so cleanly done that you are hidden with a fine coverup
• Then comes a time that that you have to do the final accounting. What are you going to do?
• For example, the drug lords have been enjoying huge and hefty sums of money becoming millionaires through the illegal drugs trade for a long time and apparently destroying the lives of thousands of young people
• Now the past administration is fighting against this in its total drug war policy and there are already many deaths as a consequence
• Those who are guilty could just simply surrender because of the guilt associated with this
• Now we see the ugly side of it because those guilty people do not want to accept that they now have to do the final accounting for their bad actions
• And don’t get me wrong, I do not condone the acts of killing but this is the very essence of the parable of the shrewd or dishonest servant
• At the last moment he made a very crucial decision so as not to face the wrath of his master saving himself from destruction and even preparing a safety net should matters get worst
• That is how it is with the KOG. We never have to restrain in renewing ourselves for the better to avoid the perdition of losing our souls. We have to be decisive
• During the time of St. Luke, many people are wavering in following Jesus. God wants us to focus ourselves to him whole and entire
• And that is what the prophet Amos in the 1st reading. He castigates those who enrich themselves by exploiting the weak
• And we are already familiar with the old cliché Crime does not pay
• And so the steward is wise enough to escape condemnation

C. Challenge
• So, the challenge for us today is to really be decisive on our Christian faith, be solid to our chosen vocation in any state of life we belong
• If you are a parent for example then do your responsibility as a parent not like you behave as if you are single without any responsibility to your children
• If you are married then behave like a real married man or woman with obligations to your husband or wife. You entertained the men or women you meet with modesty
• If you are a student then you have to be very decisive. You behave like a student, studying your lessons, doing assignments, listening to the teacher
• You do not behave like you know more than the teacher or you have more authority than the teachers because they will be mad at you
• What I mean is that the state of life that we are will be the situation that leads us to holiness, and that that is a climb to our spiritual ladder to the great heights of holiness
• All the happy people in this world are those who happily accepted themselves who and where they are in that state of life we belong
• If you go bankrupt in your business, then, what can we do? Accept the hard fact accept the hard reality and you can start all over again
• The wife of the prophet Amos abandoned him and he went on with his life with God’s direction
• The shrewd steward in the gospel did what is best for him at the last moment
• We do not have to wait for the last moments to come, because we will have little preparations for that
• Or the last chances may no longer come, and justice will be swift and everything will just be too late
• In order to be sure of a happy and final end, the time for change is now

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Luke 16 verse 1-13

Luke 16 verse 1-13

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