Luke 16:9-13 NRSVue

9And 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.,

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.”,

Some thoughts on this scripture

/Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much/. Lord, you invite me to aim at zero tolerance in my heart for dishonesty, half-truths and sly self-indulgence. Thérèse of Lisieux based her Little Way on this: /Fidelity is the flower of love, to which nothing is little/.

These words of Jesus encourage us to integrity and consistency in our lives. We live what we believe, 'walk it as we talk it', in a oft-used phrase. Lovers of money and people suffering from greed resist these words. Prayer purifies our intentions and makes us aware of inconsistency. It also gives the grace and help to live consistently.