Saturday of 31st Week, uneven numbered year Samedi de la 31e semaine, année impaire

“If then you are not trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches?”
Friday 30 October 2015

Rm.16,3-9.16-22-27 Ps.144 Lk.16,9-15

Saturday of 31st Week, uneven numbered year

“If you are not trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches?”

“And so I tell you this : use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends, and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into eternal dwellings. Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great; anyone who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great.”

In this Gospel scene, deceitful money of the dishonest steward is proposed in order to make friends. ’Make friends with deceitful money.’ The deep reality of our insecurity is hidden behind these words. Jesus says ’Use money, tainted as it is, to make friends an thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into eternal dwellings.’ In the world it is the bank that gives security! With money, we can buy anything we like! We can be under an illusion and believe that we are in security. Money can permit many things, it is available, capable of being transformed into many things, but what is going to count, is not its power, but what I am, what I want. Its power mustn’t be a substitute for my will! It can help me in a true construction of others and of myself. Our treasure is to serve Jesus in the Church. This Word of God is for now!

“If then you are not trustworthy with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you are not trustworthy with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own? No servant can be the slave of two masters : he will either hate the first and love the second, or to be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.”

What gives life to us are relationships, the deepening of our relationships. Numerous encounters of Christ Jesus are sown throughout the Gospel and we contemplate those of his apostles that are lasting. For us, when we leave a responsibility, what remains are the relationships we experienced! By its capacity, money can help a relationship, but the relationship must come first, in all its purity. If we serve money, God no longer has any place in our lives. In

the Gospel, the situation is limited to sacks of wheat, flour and oil barrels! This reality doesn’t bring about too much of an unbalance. But if we put in its place the technique of the bank and computers, it is very seductive. There is no longer any consideration for the human being, who is the ’true wealth’ ! Without even realising it, we can, in a very subtle manner, go over to this dishonest money that takes over everything. Now, everything belongs to God, the wealth of the universe is to be shared between the world’s sisters and brothers.

“The Pharisees who loved money, heard all this and jeered at him. He said to them, ’You are the very ones who pass yourselves off as upright in people’s sight, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed in human eyes is loathsome in the sight of God.”

My relationships to God and to others give access to God and to others. God wishes to give Himself to each one of us as much as he can, yet we have to allow him to do so by not being closed in on power, so that at each moment our life can be an opening to the Other. It is the Marvels of marvels that are given to me, if love lies at the basis of my existence, poverty becomes a richness thanks to sharing. Jesus, the Master and Creator of the world, became Poor. The ’techniques ’that are given to us exploit creation, but when technology takes up all the room in someone, the loving heart disappears and there are no longer any relationships between people. There has been a sliding, the centre of interest had been the happiness of others and this is no longer the case. Now, our treasure is a heart that loves. This Good News passes through our humanity, by a heart that is loving. A heart that is loving is necessarily a poor heart, one that is thirsty for love.

We ask for the grace to be good stewards of divine goods, of God’s Infinite Love.