A Reading from the Book of Philippians 3:17-4:1
Brethren, join in imitating me, and mark those who so walk as you have an example in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their ends is destruction, their god is the belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which oh enables him even to subject all things to himself. Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, for my joy and crown, stand firm in this way in the Lord, my beloved.
The word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm Ps122:1-2,3-4ab, 4cd-5 (R. see 1)
R/. let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
I rejoiced when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
And now our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem. R.
Jerusalem is built as a city
Bonded as one together.
It is there that the tribes go up,
The tribes of the Lord. R.
For Israel’s witness it is
To praise the name of the Lord.
There were set the thrones for judgement,
The thrones of the house of David. R.
ALLELUIA 1 John 2:5
Alleluia. Whoever keeps Christ’s word, in him truly love for God is perfected. Alleluia.
“Sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 16:1-8)
At that time: Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ “And the steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ “And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty. ’“Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe? ’ “He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat. ’“He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty. ’ “The master commended the dishonest steward for his prudence; for the sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Our lives as Christians can be the only gospel that some people may be privileged to read or hear. Hence, our lives as Christians should be in conformity with the Christian message. We should not allow earthly things to distract us from our goal which is heaven.
The dishonest steward in the gospel reading of today was neither ready to beg nor to work. So he took a clever but dubious step. By commending the steward for his prudence, the master is not recommending dishonesty. The message is that If Christians would give as much attention to the things that concern their souls as they do to the things that concern worldly business, they would be much better disciples.