SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1st Reading: Amos 8:4-7
2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8
Gospel: Luke 16:1-13
In today's Gospel, Jesus reminds us that all of us are mere stewards of our earthly possessions. But, how many of us have forgotten that we are accountable for these possessions, including our talents and our very lives, to God? Please remember that our lives, and everything and everyone in our lives, are just lent to us.
There is no such thing as being the sole and permanent owner. The problem with some people is that they forget that life is all about stewardship. When greed sets in, the hoarding begins and the sharing ends. When greed sets in, worries and fears abound, and faith and trust are set aside, if not altogether banished.
We are all debtors. We all need to repay our God. Unless and until we realize there is such a thing as "payback time," then life will be all about I, me, and myself.
At the end of our lives, we all will give a final accounting to God. So, may the money we have in our own hands bring us to our salvation, not to our condemnation.
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember, help me not to forget, that life is short and that life is just lent. Lord remind me too that I will have a final accounting with you at the end of my life. Amen