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Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Saturday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

November 7, 2020

Reading: Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 4:10-19; Psalm 112:1b-2, 5-6 8a-9;

Luke 16:9-15

Today’s Gospel narrative is a continuation of yesterday’s parable. Jesus commended the dishonest steward, not because of his dishonesty, but because of his shrewdness. The steward's cleverness allowed him to effectively take steps to guarantee his future employment by using his master’s wealth. That is why in today’s Gospel, Jesus exhorts His disciples and all of us to follow in the footsteps of this dishonest steward. He generously used the money to make friends for himself. We are asked to use our wealth for our future place in the kingdom of heaven.

Being generous, according to Saint Luke, is to make friends with the poor and needy through the use of our wealth. All those we help through our generosity, regardless of ever meeting them face to face, become our friends. When we are merciful and generous to others in their time of need; therefore, God is merciful and forgiving to us in our time of need. Those who we assist will be on our side before God’s judgment seat, because we invested our wealth in them. Saint Matthew (25:4) reminds us, “As often as you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.”

However, Jesus warns us that it is not acceptable to be dishonest, unjust, and not trustworthy. He reminds us, too, it is perfectly fine to earn money, but it is not acceptable to earn money dishonestly by cheating, dishonesty, violence and fraud.

Question of the Day: Do you know the joy and freedom of generosity in giving to others what God has so richly given to you?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, instill in my heart the blessedness of giving of my time, talent and treasure to those in need?


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