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Doctrines & Morals

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in faithful

Phil. 4:10-19, Lk. 16:9-15. In today's first reading, Paul commends his reliable co-workers who played their part in the service of the Gospel. Paul praises his friends in Philippi for sharing their material resources with others. He remembers how they were among the first to support him with gifts of money as itinerant preacher. Now, writing from prison, he thanks them for the gifts through their messenger Epaphroditus. At the same time he asserts that he does not depend on money or on any commodity and that there is nothing he cannot bear with the help of the Lord. His strength and security, rested on Jesus that gave him real inner freedom. In the same vein, Jesus enjoins us to place our trust in God and not on material security: “You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Acting with ordinary decency in our everyday dealings will have its own reward, both now and in the life to come: “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much.” In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us to make charitable use of whatever we have and not be slaves to money. In money matters, what financiers think important may be negligible in the eyes of God. If we are faithful in such small matters, we can look forward to greater things. There is a big difference between the tangible assets and the spiritual riches associated with good works that prepare us for life with God. Whatever wealth we have should be well used, in such a way as to prepare us for sharing in eternal life. Jesus set a high premium on the spirit of sharing and community, as would happen within a united family: “You cannot serve God and wealth,” but if we use money responsibly by sharing, it can be part of our service to God.

May the Lord give us courage when we are weak, strengthen us with faith and protect us with His love! Amen!! Be safe and have a wonderful weekend!!!

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