Sept. 19, 2010 —Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Summary. Jesus tells a parable about a man who mismanages his employer’s property and who alters the books so he’ll be supported after his firing. Jesus points out that worldly people are more successful at dishonest dealings than those whose lives are centered on spiritual concerns. He then goes on to point out that people’s characters are revealed in the way they handle small matters as well as great matters, which leads him to his most important point in this Gospel: No one can have two “masters,” topics of ultimate concern. You have to choose whether God, or yourself, symbolized by your wealth, is going to be the center of your life.
The parable of the Dishonest Steward as found in Luke 16 is a real shocker! How can Jesus be telling a story that praises dishonesty? After all, the dishonest steward seems to land on both feet, even though he had been squandering the master’s property, the very property he was responsible for.