"Have I proclaimed Christ as my Lord? Have we proclaimed Jesus as Lord?" This, to me, is what sums up the Gospel message from Luke 16: 1-13.
Money-wealth, says Jesus is a tainted thing - this item is also dealt by the 'children of this world'. But we, who are 'children of the light' are expected to conduct ourselves at a much higher standard compared to the 'children of this world'. Some prompting that we should constantly have with us, especially when it comes to dealing with money/wealth and power are:
- Fidelity: 'The virtue that allows us to persevere in living out an unswerving commitment.' How often have we made mistakes when it comes to gaining excess to money and business/political 'contacts'? In the Gospel, we see how the steward of the master, squandered the master's property and taking commission from the master's debtors. It is common of many people that the little or the much they do, they expect some kind of reward from the boss. If the reward isn't enough, that is when many people start taking various forms of commissions. Remember Jesus and the Church do not condemn money, but the way we treat money is condemned.
- Belonging: To whom, as a child of light, do you belong to? To wealth, power, glory? Or, to God? Jesus in the Gospel mentioned that, "no servant can serve two masters."
- Security: How secure are we? In the Gospel we heard that the moment the steward knew that he will lose his job, the steward did things differently; the steward gave the master debtors a discount from the commissions the debtors were to pay on top of their loans. Why did the steward do that? Because of fear that once the steward's employment ceases, the steward should be despised by the debtors and have no 'contacts' for his next job.
As children of the light, we are called to live in peace by praying for those in authority over us (1 Timothy 2: 1-8). Living in peace so that we can conduct our lives accordingly, and a child of light we are to conduct ourselves based on our proclamation that "Jesus is Lord", that means to live our lives in a manner that is reflective of the Gospel.
Does the manner in which we deal with people, strangers, the poor, business associates. Does our manner of living show to the world that Christ Jesus is the ONLY mediator between men and God? Or are we busy modifying our scales to cheat others, taking illegal commissions that burden others?
Yesterday, 17th September 2016 I had a very fruitful time spent with Br William and Jean at the Toowoomba Floral Carnival. I think I am slowly coming to see that I am a private person, as I never enjoy talking about myself and if I do speak about myself, I only do that to people whom I have come to know. I always believe the best way to know another person, another stranger, is to "COME AND SEE"; this I mean, to journey respectfully with the other. Many of us, we have the tendency to perform a "BACKGROUND CHECK" on new people we will meet by looking up the person on social media (Facebook) or by asking another person (another contact source); it happens in Church too, mind you!
I came to know Leo, William and Jean without even trespassing on their Facebook content or by asking other sources about them. I think if I do such a thing, then it is pointless to even desire to form a Christian-friendly relationship with others. Our meeting with other strangers, unknown people, must be done discerningly (with care) but not with prejudice and pre-judgements.
God, comes to us without searching us up on Facebook/Instagram or in placing a rule that we must have excellent contacts/referees. Thus, neither should we build new friendships through trespassing on the privacy of others.