And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him. So he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
Mutual trust is so often quite a challenge. Hanging in there with a friend or family member or co-worker often calls forth considerable patience, understanding, and love. And it can feel like a kick in the gut when someone betrays our trust, even in a small matter, and especially when that person is close to us. While Jesus speaks mainly about financial trust in this gospel passage, perhaps today’s key reminder is that “God reads your hearts.” As much as we rely on patience and understanding from close family and friends, there is real joy in knowing that God does understand our intentions and inner struggles; God walks with us as in good conscience we puzzle through strategies and decisions. And, even if others misunderstand our words and actions, God truly does understand what goes on deep down in our souls.
This first November weekend offers an opportunity to bless the Lord for friends and family who walk with us through struggles and successes, challenges and defeats. Those closest to us often notice sparks of God’s grace that you and I may miss. God bless them!
—The Jesuit prayer team
It is not you who shapes God; it is God who shapes you. If then you are God’s handiwork, await the hand of the Artist who does all things in due season. Offer the pottery of your heart, soft and tractable, and keep well the form in which the Artist has fashioned you. Let your clay be moist, lest you grow hard and lose the imprint of the Potter’s fingers.
—St. Irenaeus (2nd century)