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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 16:1-8): Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property (…). 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.’ (…). And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently (…)."

The "purgatory"

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, even this "dishonest manager" is praised by the heart of Jesus (for his shrewdness). We admire God’s obstinacy to save our lives, even by taking advantage of whatever small "fragments" of good He may find in our earthly existence. In this line runs the Catholic teaching on "purgatory".

For the great majority of men —we may suppose— there remains in the depths of their being an ultimate interior openness to truth, to love, to God, although in the concrete choices of life, however, it is covered over by ever new compromises with evil. God may pick up the "fragments" and do "something" with them (to purify them and put them together again). We do need a final cleansing (a purgatory!) in such a way that we are able to be with Him and can stand there in fullness of life. This is such a very human need that, if there was no purgatory, then we would have to invent it!

—O Lord, rather than a "post that turned out wrong" I would like to be salvaged to complete my life with you.