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 account 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.’
Lord, help us accept each other as Christ accepted us.
Teach us as sisters and brothers to embrace each person.
Be present, God, among us, and bring us to believe
that we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.
Teach us, O God, your lessons,
as in our daily life we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people, for all not just for some.
to love them as we find them, or as they may become.
Lord, let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved
in living situations to do the truth in love;
to practice your acceptance until we know by heart the table of forgiveness and laughter’s healing art.
For one of the best explanations and applications of this very strange story…check out this article by Reverend Bill Loader, a professor from Australia.