Fri 6 November
Friday of week 31 of the year
My brothers, I am quite certain that you are full of good intentions, perfectly well instructed and able to advise each other. The reason why I have written to you, and put some things rather strongly, is to refresh your memories, since God has given me this special position. He has appointed me as a priest of Jesus Christ, and I am to carry out my priestly duty by bringing the Good News from God to the pagans, and so make them acceptable as an offering, made holy by the Holy Spirit.
I think I have some reason to be proud of what I, in union with Christ Jesus, have been able to do for God. What I am presuming to speak of, of course, is only what Christ himself has done to win the allegiance of the pagans, using what I have said and done by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus all the way along, from Jerusalem to Illyricum, I have preached Christâ€™s Good News to the utmost of my capacity. I have always, however, made it an unbroken rule never to preach where Christâ€™s name has already been heard. The reason for that was that I had no wish to build on other menâ€™s foundations; on the contrary, my chief concern has been to fulfil the text: Those who have never been told about him will see him, and those who have never heard about him will understand.
Psalm or canticle
Jesus said to his disciples, â€˜There was a rich man and he had a steward denounced to him for being wasteful with his property. He called for the man and said, â€œWhat is this I hear about you? Draw me up an account of your stewardship because you are not to be my steward any longer.â€ Then the steward said to himself, â€œNow that my master is taking the stewardship from me, what am I to do? Dig? I am not strong enough. Go begging? I should be too ashamed. Ah, I know what I will do to make sure that when I am dismissed from office there will be some to welcome me into their homes.â€
Then he called his masterâ€™s debtors one by one. To the first he said, â€œHow much do you owe my master?â€ â€œOne hundred measures of oilâ€ was the reply. The steward said, â€œHere, take your bond; sit down straight away and write fifty.â€ To another he said, â€œAnd you, sir, how much do you owe?â€ â€œOne hundred measures of wheatâ€ was the reply. The steward said, â€œHere, take your bond and write eighty.â€
â€˜The master praised the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.â€™
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By Matthew Warner - Nov 5, 2009 at 9:28 pm