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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus commends his listeners to be wise and prudent not just in the exercise of their material and financial resources, but more importantly in how they use these resources for advancing God's kingdom and the work of the gospel. What we invest our time, money, and substance resources in shows what we wealth or value the most. Some invest solely for their own personal progression, comfort, and safety. Some invest for the future wellbeing of others, such as loved ones or individuals they want to support or help in some way. Jesus warns us to invest in and not neglect what is most important and crucial that which lasts forever. When we invest in God's kingdom his kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy we are not only securing our relationship with God for all eternity, we are also promoting the spread of the Gospel and the development of God's kingdom on earth. How we invest our lives and resources today has consequences not just for tomorrow or for the rest of our earthly lives but for eternity as well. Possessions and material resources are a great accountability. The Lord expects us to use them honestly and correctly and to put them at his service and the service of others. We are God's servants and all that we have belongs to him. He expects us to make a good return on what he gives us.
Word of the Day...
Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Prayer ...
Holy and Righteous Father, we pray that we will let your Spirit and your grace help us tear down any wall that divides your people based on race or culture or privilege. Teach us, to love all peoples in the way you do. In the name of Infant Jesus, who died for all people everywhere, we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (September 22, 2013)
Day: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 135
Colour: Green
First Reading: Am 8:4-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
Second Reading: 1 Tm 2:1-8
Gospel: Luke 16:1-13
Listen to Readings:
Today's Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
1He also said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 And he called him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.' 3 And the steward said to himself, `What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.' 5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, `How much do you owe my master?' 6 He said, `A hundred measures of oil.' And he said to him, `Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' 7 Then he said to another, `And how much do you owe?' He said, `A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, `Take your bill, and write eighty.' 8 The master commended the dishonest steward for his shrewdness; for the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations. 10 "He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."


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