Integrity, Trustworthiness, & Honesty

18 Sep 2016 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Integrity, Trustworthiness, & Honesty

DSC_6716In our first reading we find the prophet Amos railing against a willingness to engage in dishonesty to satisfy a greed for material wealth.  (A modern day parallel might be those who “go through the motions” of worshiping God, but can’t wait for services to be over so that they can get back to the ball game, or to making a buck!)

In today’s Gospel Jesus shows that He is well aware of how the spirit of this world works, i.e. it can be incredibly shrewd in pursuit of its own ends. In fact, at first His words are startling. “I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (LK 16:9) He seems to be praising this world’s shrewdness and initiative. But finally He clarifies. “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?” (LK 16 10:11)

The limited rewards this world has to offer are all those folks are going to get (for all eternity!). So we need to carefully look at ourselves in the light of Jesus’ clarification: “No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (LK 16:13) Let’s not kid ourselves!

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