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Beware of Money. Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Fr.GeoffreyPlant Gospel - Luke 16:1-13 Having heard last week the three parables of mercy (the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son), this week we continue with Jesus’ teaching through …More
Fr.GeoffreyPlant Gospel - Luke 16:1-13 Having heard last week the three parables of mercy (the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son), this week we continue with Jesus’ teaching through the use of parables. We now hear the first parable about riches (sharing with the needy). 16:1 Then he [Jesus] also said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward The rich man was an absentee landlord. The steward was usually a slave born in the household and possessed great authority and full responsibility. Like the tax collector, the steward must show a profit for his master, but he could also procure personal benefits by 5 means of adroit loans and extravagant interest. The legal system presupposed by this parable is a widely attested one and is contrary to the Old Testament ban of usury. The steward was authorized to make binding contracts for his master. The usurious interest would not be listed separately in the contract, but would be included in the one lump sum mentioned in the …More