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"The bosoms of the poor, the houses of widows, the mouths of children are the barns, which last forever. True wealth consists not in what we keep but in what we give away." (St. Ambrose)

GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
 
"The bosoms of the poor, the houses of widows, the mouths of children are the barns, which last forever. True wealth consists not in what we keep but in what we give away."  (St. Ambrose)
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
How can a bad person possibly give a good example? Jesus obviously thought that the example of some who is dishonest would be a perfect illustration for a spiritual lesson about the kingdom of God. What's the point of Jesus' parable? The dishonest steward is commended for his shrewdness. The original meaning of "shrewdness" is "foresight". A shrewd person grasps a critical situation with resolution and foresight. Jesus is concerned here with something more critical than a financial crisis. His concern is that we avert spiritual crisis through the exercise of faith and foresight. Ambrose, a 4th century bishop said: The bosoms of the poor, the houses of widows, the mouths of children are the barns, which last forever. True wealth consists not in what we keep but in what we give away.
 
Possessions are a great responsibility. The Lord expects us to use them honestly and responsibly putting them at his service and the service of others. In today's first reading St. Paul commented on people for whom God is non-existent, if not in theory at least in practice. He wrote, "Their only god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame." When people make their own desires supreme, when they in effect make themselves their own god, there is no freedom for them.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder:  Jesus makes clear that our hearts must either be possessed by God's love or our hearts will be possessed by the love of something else.         
                                                     
What does your heart most treasure?
 
 
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