A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Another time, Jesus said to the disciples: “There was a wealthy landowner who, having received reports of his steward being wasteful with his property, summoned the steward and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give me an account of your service, for it is about to come to an end.’
The steward thought, ‘What shall I do next? My employer is sure to dismiss me. I cannot dig ditches. I am ashamed to go begging. I have it! Here is a way to make sure that people will take me into their homes when I am let go.’
“So the steward called in each of the landowner’s debtors, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my employer?’ The debtor replied, ‘A hundred jars of oil.’ The steward said, ‘Take your invoice, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then to another, the steward said, ‘How much do you owe?’ The answer came, ‘A hundred measures of wheat,’ and the steward said, ‘Take your invoice and make it eighty.’
”The owner then gave this devious employee credit for being enterprising! Why? Because the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.
“What I say to you is this: Make friends for yourselves through your use of this world’s goods, so that when they fail you, a lasting reception will be yours. If you can trust people in little things, you can also trust them in greater; while anyone unjust in a slight matter will also be unjust in greater. If you cannot be trusted with elusive wealth, who will trust you with lasting? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s money, who will give you what is your own?
“No one can serve two superiors. Either you will hate the one and love the other or be attentive to the one and despise the other. You cannot give yourself to God and money.”
The Good News as spoken through Luke.