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Luke 16:8-9 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.
The steward is facing a huge transition in his own life: unemployment. But before he leaves, he makes deals and takes care of business. For better or for worse, he settles his accounts—and his master’s. This story is not about money; rather, it speaks of preparing for the end.
Our hands are never clean when we reach the end of our lives. The steward improves the lives of the poor by reducing their debts and by closing the books so that all can move ahead.
MOVING FORWARD: What will we leave behind? How might we best settle our unfinished business? Perfection is not the goal here—instead we must seek mercy, fairness, and love.
Good Book Club Reading: Luke 16:1-18
Today the Church remembers James Theodore Holly, Bishop of Haiti, and of the Dominican Republic, 1911.