25th Sunday Mass in Ordinary Time

Theme: Standing Firm in Trustworthiness

First Reading: Amos 8:4-12

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 113:1-3,4-6,7-9

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Gospel Reading: Luke 16:1-12

God calls us to be servants. We should realize that once He calls us, He trusts us. All of us have been called and the scriptures encourage us that we should live worthy of that trust.

There are two things that we can learn about what makes a trustworthy person. First is his honesty and the other one is his wisdom. We should be people who know what we need to do. We need to cultivate these values in our lives for us to be worthy of God’s trust.

We are all stewards of God’s creation and today’s gospel teaches us how to become good and faithful ones. Whether we like it or not, the truth is that everything we have right now is not really ours. These are just entrusted to us and one day, we are going to give an account to the Owner of these things.  In the parable, we learn that Jesus is not promoting dishonesty.

Instead, we can see that no matter how simple or worst the situation is, Jesus can always find the good and best. He teaches us to use wisdom in all our dealings.

Here are five ways how we can apply wisdom in our dealings with life:

  1. Learn to invest. Invest in eternal things. As a steward, everything entrusted to us has value. However, earthly investments are bound by time. Jesus then teaches us to use our earthly possessions for eternity.
  2. Relationship is more important than money. Jesus wants us to use our money, our wealth, our talents, and energy to build friends and relationships. Do not put money over relationships. Rather, let it work for your relationships.
  3. Invest your wealth. To be wise, invest not only in material things but especially in spiritual things. Save lives, save souls, and help the needy.
  4. Always start small. Never despise small beginnings. Use what you have right now. Focus on the daily little things. Start from your family, your work, and later on, your community.
  5. Practice faithfulness. Be faithful to things that are not yours. If we are faithful to the little things God entrusted us, then He will entrust us with greater things to do.

We are trustworthy every time we use God’s wisdom. Let us choose to be God-filled wisdom people, Church.

Recap by:

MERCY DE LA CRUZ-ESPIRITU

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