September 18, 2022
Today we celebrate the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we hear the readings for this weekend they challenge us to honesty and compassion for those less fortunate. In our fist reading, he prophet Amos speaks of those who trample upon the poor and needy, who cheat and are fixed on one thing; money. We hear God respond, “Never will I forget a thing they have done.” Today’s responsorial psalm praises God who is always mindful of the poor and lifts them up. In our Gospel Jesus begins with a parable about an unjust steward. When found out he deviously engages in a plan to win the favor of his master’s debtors and is commended by his master. Seriously? Note the unjust steward is NOT commended for being dishonest, but for his prudence. Jesus takes the opportunity to commend those who are honest and trustworthy and concludes with His teaching, “No one can serve two masters…You cannot serve both God and mammon. (money)” As disciples we take away from this weekend’s scriptures a challenge to place the Kingdom of God above all earthly wealth and to be honest in our use of His gifts.
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God Bless! Have a great week!
Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.