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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 Luke 16:1-13 New American Bible

Luke 16:1-13 New International Version Bible Gateway

 

           Jesus said that you would be wise to do things to make sure you get into Heaven.  He said you should be honest. You should not cheat anyone. The evil one makes everything look really good to you.  He makes it difficult to say “No.” But, Jesus says you have to decide which Master you are going to serve.  You cannot serve both God and evil. You have to make a choice.

           God wants to be first with us.  Even if everyone around you is doing something, it does not make it the right thing to do.  When I was in 6th grade, my teacher had these words posted on the walls of our classroom to inspire us: “Right is right if nobody does it.  Wrong is wrong if everybody does it.” 

In the Gospel today, the man in charge of the master’s money had been wasting it.  When he was fired, he decided he had better start treating other people better so that he might have someone to take care of him while he was searching for another job.

          When the master said he admired his thinking about his future, he still wasn’t following the rules. 

           God wants us to make use of all the money he gives us.  He wants us to make use of all the gifts he gives us. He wants us to take care of everything we have.  Everything we have is a gift from God.  If you take good care of it and don’t cheat others out of their gifts, then God will bless you.

           Suppose your father gave you a new remote control car for your birthday present.  If you play demolition derby with your car and wreck it the first day, do you think your father will buy you another one?  Do you think the other boys and girls whose remote control cars you crashed into will want to be there when you play next time?  I doubt it.

         God our heavenly Father has given you a body and a soul to take care of for him while you are on earth. You are in charge of your controls.  You choose which way to turn your life.  You choose to be honest or dishonest.  We decide whether you will build or destroy.  You pick whether you will act selfish or share. 

        With a remote control car, it is a little tricky getting the car to go where you want.  In your life, it is equally tricky to keep your “car,” your body and soul on the path to Heaven.  You need God’s help.  God’s graces are the batteries that never wind down.  God is always charged up for you.  All you have to do is plug him in.  A remote control car has a wire connecting it to the  

source of power.  Make sure that your body and soul has a wire connecting you to God, the source of all power and love.          

          When you are wired to God, he will help you make good, wise choices to keep you on the path to Heaven.  When you are in trouble and cannot tell which person to trust call on God’s power to help.  When you cannot tell who is lying and who is telling the truth, plug your battery into the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.  During these times, pray that God give you knowledge, skills, and wisdom to lead you to people you can trust and truth. 

Pray that God send the world good judges to bring justice to those who are dishonest and evil.  Pray that the consequences for their behavior help them change for the better.  When you don’t know which way to go at the corner of Should I Do This and Should I Do That, ask God to guide you. He will show you the way.  He will send someone to show you which way to go or he will give you an experience so that you definitely know the road to take.   

            Say the “Our Father” and thank God for all the people and experiences in your life that have helped you direct your car a little closer to God.  Thank God for giving you wisdom to realize that he loves you very much.  Ask him to help you stay connected to him so that your soul is not wrecked.  He will give you a driver’s permit for heaven since you used his help to get you through the maze of life on earth.  He will say, “You can drive wherever you want up here.  God will welcome you with open arms and say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” 

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

                                                                                           

 

 

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