Upon hearing Luke’s gospel this Sunday we are challenged in regard to being trustworthy whether dealing with small things or great wealth. In some ways it speaks to us of being judged and of being proved worthy – trustworthy. How we handle small things in life is a preview to how we might handle greater issues.
Perhaps Jesus presents this parable to his disciples and to us today so that we might be honest and trustworthy in all our dealings. If we can be trustworthy, God will trust us with true wealth. What is true wealth? Think about it for a moment. What is it in this life that is truly important to you?
I am not and I believe the parable also was not pointing out material things as the great things. Rather the great things would be those given by God; love, understanding, forgiveness, hope, mercy. Not only might we receive these gifts through our faith in Jesus Christ, but we will by faith understand how they can be identified as true wealth. In my work with families who are gathering to plan for funeral liturgies I am most aware of what true wealth is and what it is not. True wealth is bound in love with one another and with our Creator God. So often families speak of how Mom or Dad loved and showed their loved. Some families are more verbal than others and some come to know and understand love through actions. Love is true wealth! Only in having, understanding and growing in a relationship with Jesus Christ can we hope to become trustworthy of the greatest gifts. That is the lesson within Luke’s gospel today. The challenge before us is to be trustworthy in small things, all things, that God may present to us the greatest of all wealth: Love. Let us take time in the coming week to inventory our personal and spiritual lives and be honest in assessing our need to grow more trustworthy in all things great and small.
Blessings and Prayers,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
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