In the parable Jesus gave about the dishonest manager, Jesus said the master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shred in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.The characters of the parable ended up profiting from the manager’s actions. The manager won “friends” who will take him in when he is fired. These “friends” saved some money from the deep discounts given by the manager. The master got some money back from what the manager did instead of losing everything.
Jesus then tells his disciples to learn from the children of this age. This is how they acted:
- Everyone wins. The manager secured his future, the customers saved money and the master got some money back. The disciple of Jesus should look for the common good.
- The manager was not concerned that his master will catch him cheating because he was more concerned about his future. The disciple of Jesus should willingly get rid of what will hinder him from his eternal future.
- The manager used his master’s money to gain friends. Disciples of Jesus must know how to use money to achieve their purpose in life.
As disciples of Jesus we know our purpose in life.It is not riches, or fame or power and authority. If this is our goal in life, we are what St Paul refers to in the First Reading: enemies of the cross of Christ, our end is destruction; our god is the belly and our glory is in our shame; our minds are set on earthly things. Very often we get confused on our purpose in life. We get distracted that we forget our citizenship is in heaven from where we expect Jesus Christ our Savior. Jesus is faithful that he will transform our body to conform to his body of glory.
The Psalm says Israel was decreed to give thanks to the name of the Lord. We are commanded to thank God, to give him glory through Jesus Christ. If we forget that, then we will not fulfill what God has planned for us. Like the dishonest manager, we need to do everything in our power, to let go of our shame or shyness to give glory to God.
Lord, help me to fix my eyes on you, to remember there is more in life that this life I have, that my goal in life is to give glory to you. Take me and use me for the glory of your name.