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Saturday 31st in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 16,9-15): Jesus said to his disciples, «(...) Whoever can be trusted in little things can also be trusted in great ones(...). No servant can serve two masters». Jesus said to his disciples, «And so I tell you: use filthy money to make friends for yourselves, so that when it fails, these people may welcome you into the eternal homes. Whoever can be trusted in little things can also be trusted in great ones; whoever is dishonest in slight matters will also be dishonest in greater ones. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling filthy money, who could entrust you with true wealth? And if you have not been trustworthy with things which are not really yours, who will give you the wealth which is your own? No servant can serve two masters. Either he does not like the one and is fond of the other, or he regards one highly and the other with contempt. You cannot give yourself both to God and to Money».

The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and sneered at Jesus. He said to them, «You do your best to be considered righteous by people. But God knows the heart, and what rises high among humans is loathed by God».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus Christ leads us to a faithful love. How? The little things! God himself, being so great, has become "small". In Bethlehem, in the Eucharist ... And in the Cross He remained "small". «Come down from the cross and we will believe in You»: Jesus did not come down! He preferred to stay small.

-When the man "neglects" the faith (for example, by not going to Mass), almost without realizing it, he leaves God aside, like a "vase" ("I do not deny you, but I do not need you anymore") . In the end, He is denied ("you no longer exist"). And more in the end, the man "neglects" the man (family, colleagues ...). Conclusion: God or nothing!

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