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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 16, 1-8

He also said to his disciples, 'There was a rich man and he had a steward who was denounced to him for being wasteful with his property.

He called for the man and said, "What is this I hear about you? Draw me up an account of your stewardship because you are not to be my steward any longer."

Then the steward said to himself, "Now that my master is taking the stewardship from me, what am I to do? Dig? I am not strong enough. Go begging? I should be too ashamed.

Ah, I know what I will do to make sure that when I am dismissed from office there will be some to welcome me into their homes."

'Then he called his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said, "How much do you owe my master?"

"One hundred measures of oil," he said. The steward said, "Here, take your bond; sit down and quickly write fifty."

To another he said, "And you, sir, how much do you owe?" "One hundred measures of wheat," he said. The steward said, "Here, take your bond and write eighty."

'The master praised the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever reads the Gospel frequently must of necessity come across parables. It is one of Jesus’ favourite ways of teaching. As a good and attentive master, he wanted the disciples to understand his words not as abstract teaching, but rather as applicable to actual daily life. For this reason, he prefers the language of parables, full of symbolism and reality. Again he is inspired by a real situation: a steward accused of mismanagement is called by his master to present his accounts before being removed. At this point, Jesus describes the astuteness of this steward in providing for his future. He calls the debtors of his master and, for each, significantly reduces the amount they owe. Obviously, all the debtors will be grateful to him once his master will remove him. In concluding, Jesus praises the unfaithful steward: “The children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.” Surely, Jesus does not want to urge his listeners to cheat the master, as did the steward. The parable aims to underline the skill and the foresight of the steward regarding the future that awaits him. To earn the kingdom of God, Jesus asks his disciples to work in every way with the same cunning manner, so to speak, as that of the steward. Unfortunately, disciples often adopt an attitude of resignation when faced with the events of life and instead do not use the same energy as that of the unfaithful steward, neither for saving themselves nor to achieve a world that is more just. Jesus notes that those who reason with the mentality of the world do all to assure themselves of a future free of problems. Often, instead, “the children of the light” - his disciples - do not pay the same attention or have the same passion to secure the kingdom of heaven. The Gospel urges us also to love creatively and not to resign ourselves or even less lazily relax in the face of difficulties. In this context, we can again understand the exhortation of Jesus to his disciples, “Be wise as serpents and simple as doves” (Mt 10:16). We must be aware that an active commitment is expected from us to increase love and peace among all.