Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Family Bible Study - 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Luke 16:1 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and
charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2 So he summoned
him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your
management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3 Then the manager said to
himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not
strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do so that, when I am
dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5 So, summoning his
master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He
answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and
make it fifty.’ 7 Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred
containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8 And his master
commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age
are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9 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. 10 “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. 11 If then you have
not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if
you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
13 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.”

Questions for discussion

1. The rich man praises his servant not because of his dishonesty but because of his
resourcefulness, that he knew how to achieve a goal. Jesus wants us to achieve the goal
of holiness in this life, to bring others to him, and to get to heaven. How resourceful are
you toward achieving this goal?
2. Jesus says, “whoever is faithful in little things is faithful in big things.” What are some ways you can be more faithful? to coming to Mass? To praying
on your own each day?
3. Jesus says we cannot serve both God and money. What can you do to make sure you
serve God and not money?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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