Phil 3,17-4,1 / Lk 16,1-8
Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’ The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when
I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’ He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promisory note. Site down and quickly write one for fifty. Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.”
IN OTHER WORDS
Let us do our work with honesty and integrity.
The Post Courier and The National are the two major newspapers in Papua New Guinea (PNG). And like any newspapers they contain news around the country and the world. For the past weeks, the headlines have been about some government ministers accused of misappropriation, bribery and corruption, and at least 3 of them were convicted.
PNG is gifted with huge deposits of oil and gas, a rich country, but many say the money goes to a few individuals. The evidence: bad roads, dilapidated infrastructures, poor hospitals, shortage of classrooms for students, delayed payments and salaries, etc.
On the other hand, the government claims that country has a booming economy, thanks to a few individuals who sacrificed for this end. This situation shows the government’s untiring eff ort to uplift the people’s lives, and to promote honesty and integrity as a tool for improvements and avoidance of corruption.
Whatever big or small job we have is a gift entrusted to us by God, hence we are called to do it right, with honesty and integrity, and the best we can. Then we expect the fruits of our labor as righteous in the eyes of God and of people. Honest people are rewarded on earth and in heaven.
- Fr. Ronie B. Teman, SVD | Papua New Guinea
The Word in other words 2016
An annual project of Logos Publications, The WORD in Other Words Bible Diary contains daily scripture readings and reflections written by priest, brothers, and sisters of the three congregations founded by St. Arnold Janssen (the SVD, SSpS, and SSpSAP). It hopes to serve as a daily companion to readers who continually seek the correlation of the Word of God and human experience.