Monday of the Sixth Week of the Cross
First Letter to the Corinthians 1,1-9.
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,
for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind
just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul encourages us: he tells us not to worry because we have already been sanctified and we are meant to be sanctified more and more, meant to be among the holy ones. He prays God for us, that He may give us peace in the heart and may enrich us with His grace, with any spiritual gift. We warns us not to worry for our last day, because the Lord will give us all the grace and the necessary strength and will give us a white cloth to introduce us at the eternal nuptials.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 16,1-12.
The Lord 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.
So he summoned him and said to him, "What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer."
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.
I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes."
So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, "How much do you owe my master?"
He answered, "A hundred jugs of olive oil." He said to him, "Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty."
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."
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.
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.
‘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.
If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
This reading is a kind of riddle... but I got an idea to solve it. It's written that if we give 1 to God, He will give us back 100. It's not "honest" as it's not just and equal. Jesus is telling us to exploit this "dishonesty" of God, Who prefer to exceed in generousness than being a just manager. I have in my mind the Eucharist. God is asking us for such a little thing: to walk probably few hundreds meters and reach the church for the Holy Mass. In exchange, He is promising us to change the world from each side of that, to change our hearts, to change the hearts of all the people around us and of all the people whose work will affect our life.
We can't imagine how rich His grace is. Let's thank Him!