Faith Daily | 5 November 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST
God our Father,
whose will it is to bring all things
to order and unity in our Lord Jesus Christ:
may all the peoples of the world,
now divided and torn apart by sin,
be brought together under his sovereign rule of love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 16: 1-8
Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” 3Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” 6He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” 7Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.” 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Graeme Curnow
In Jesus' parables a landowner is often used as a metaphor for God but on this occasion I don't think so. I cannot imagine that Jesus would teach that God would condone sharp business practices, let alone commend them.
I think this is a simple message from Jesus to his devout followers that the ways of the world will frequently advantage those who behave in business in ways that are dishonest but not illegal. Not much has changed since Jesus's time.
The management of Crown Casino which brought about the recently concluded enquiry, comes to mind.
In current times, when a brave Whistle-blower stands up and reports dishonesty (or inappropriate behaviour in the workplace), their motives can be questioned, and their reputation sullied.
All too frequently the perpetrator gets away with it.
Perhaps we should be praying more for Whistle-blowers and supporting them?
FINAL PRAYER: Michael Leunig
In order to be truthful
We must do more than speak the truth.
We must also hear the truth.
We must also receive truth.
We must also act upon truth.
We must also search for truth.
The difficult truth.
Within us and around us.
We must devote ourselves to truth.
Otherwise we are dishonest
And our lives are mistaken.
God grant us the strength and the courage
To be truthful.