Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Invited to dine at the home of a Pharisee, Jesus recommended future guest lists of people who could not reciprocate. In a parable, the Lord described a steward who misused the master’s money. Too weak for manual labor and too vain to beg, the steward ingratiated the master’s debtors to him by reducing what they owed. The master commended the scheme, probably what he would have done in the steward’s place. In earshot of followers and Pharisees, Jesus said to make friends with dishonest wealth so that when the money ran out, they would receive welcome into an eternal dwelling. We might expect people to return favors as needed. When doing good works and bearing the crosses of discipleship, do we want God to keep a tally or hope that He welcomes us based on love?