Luke 16:10-15 NRSVue
10“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much, and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If, then, you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”,
14The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him. 15So he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts, for what is prized by humans is an abomination in the sight of God.
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Some thoughts on this scripture
To be faithful in small things is the flower of love. When I prepare a gift for the one I love, every detail counts, and I do it with joy. A gentleman excused his lack of religious practice to St Catherine of Siena, saying he was busy with temporal affairs. She answered: /It is you who make them temporal./
Lord, let this be my way to you, to do the small things well out of love for you, so that they become significant for eternity.
It may be that my bigger faults draw my attention - and the attention of others. God sees not just my failures but also recognises my efforts and intentions to do good. I offer to God the small ways in which I am already faithful, give thanks and ask for God's strength to do more.
I am called into the service of God and of other people. I recognise that there are times when I turn aside to serve other masters. I prepare myself now to resist these voices, seeking from God the help I will need.
Wealth - or of the thought of wealth – can cut me off from others and from God if I focus on my choices and my comfort.