Friday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
November 6, 2020
Readings: Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 3:17-4:1; Psalm 122;
There is a story about a man who bought a parrot and taught it to say one word, which was “today.” When he got up in the morning and when he came home at night, the bird would always remind him by saying, "today!” There was no procrastination around this bird. “Today, today, today,” it would scream.
About six months later, the man bought another parrot. He taught that bird to say one word which was “tomorrow.” The man reasoned, “I have been living as if there were no future. I thought that today was all that was to be, and I found it was not so.”
The moral of the story is that the two parrots helped the man keep his mind on the realities of life—both in his todays and tomorrows. In today’s Gospel narrative, it is very possible the steward heard both of these words from the two parrots, as well. Tomorrow is God’s Day of Judgement!
The Gospel of Saint Luke is all about being smart and shrewd. Today, the dishonest steward sensed that he was about to lose his job, and he created a strategy and began turning the table to his favor for tomorrow’s sake. Interestingly, the original meaning of shrewdness was foresight. A shrewd person grasps a critical situation with resolution and foresight. It is said that Jesus was concerned with spiritual crisis which is more critical than a financial crisis. We can avert this crisis through the exercise of faith and foresight.
I suspect, if Christians expended as much foresight and energy on spiritual matters of eternal consequence as they do on earthly matters of temporal consequence, then they would truly be better off in this life and in the life to come. Do you agree?
Question of the Day: How will you become a child of the light and follow Jesus who is the Light?
Prayer: “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.” (Psalm 122)