Two of today’s readings make it quite clear that God is on the side of the poor. Amos describes in detail the exploitation of the poor and needy. The psalm repeats that God acts to benefit the poor and lowly. But Luke turns things upside down, telling a tale of a conflicted steward, about to be fired, who demonstrates his cleverness and is rewarded. Like the community to whom Paul writes in Timothy, these readings are personal, directed to believers, members of the Jewish and Christian communities, who struggle to deal with personal choices about how to conduct their lives. They offer an outline for how God wishes us to live in a world as complicated and as confusing as our own.
WHO IS FIRST?
Amos preached during a time of prosperity, national strength, and power. He condemned all who make themselves powerful or rich at the expense of others, and makes clear that God is on the side of the poor. The psalm emphasizes this as well. In Timothy, Paul writes to a struggling community. He urges them to come together without anger or argument, knowing that Christ died for all of us. Luke’s tale of the steward is also directed toward believers, but seems to go the opposite direction from the other readings. The steward is fired, probably for not getting as great a return on investments as his employer wanted. Knowing this, he gives himself some insurance by reducing what is owed to his employer. He may not be cheating his employer, as one might assume, but instead reducing his own commission so that debtors owe less and think better of him. His employer is impressed by his ingenuity and commends him.
Also in this bulletin:
- Fatima Celebration is THIS WEEK! Don’t miss out!
- Schedule of Fatima
- History of Fatima
- Fatima Live Auction Prize List
- Pope Francis Warns Us About Dangers of Gossip
- Confirmation and Saturday Religious Ed classes need volunteers
- Important meeting for ministry leaders Sept 28
- Not too late to join Adult Formation Classes: Faith of Our Fathers, The Gospels, Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible
- Plan to attend Evangelization Retreat in October!
- Join Father Eric in New Zealand Tour!