Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Luke 16:1-13, NRSV)
The Gospel of our Lord!
If you are like me you had to read this passage more than once and you are still scratching your head trying to make heads or tails on what it means.
Jesus is praising a dishonest manager who throws himself on the mercy of his boss. By being shrewd he manages to secure his future in his unemployment by befriending those whom he had before cheated to make more money…
So where is God?
What do you have to do thus coming week?
If money did not matter and you didn’t have to be a taxi service what would you have on your to do list?
You see monks are taught to find God in the mundane tasks of life, in gardening and sweeping. Is God in your mundane tasks?
When you made your to do list, where was God?
Was He a part of the list?
You see that is what Jesus was trying to tell His disciples. That we have to be shrewd in coming up with ways to be with God. We have to make Him a priority and have Him a part of our life.
Eternity is not something we wait for it is something that starts right now. We need to rely on and throw ourselves on the mercy of God.
So I ask you to think about your to do list again, and to ponder just where is God…