Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Gospel for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time this year, has Jesus making a challenging statement that is relevant to us even here and now. “The children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.”
The parable he tells precedes the challenge because the actual challenge is key to understanding what being Baptized and sent actually entails. As Christians, by virtue of our baptism, we have been made children of light. That means, in a world racked by sin, selfishness and hopelessness, we have been chosen, Baptized and sent to proclaim the Joy of the Gospel. Therefore, we the children of light should be signs and messengers of hope and not of despair. While the story at first glance is rather strange it makes a significant point. When faced with hopelessness, despair makes no sense. Jesus points out and uses the parable to challenge us. When faced with daunting and hopeless problems we don’t despair, we rally on.
Note that the master praised the dishonest steward not for being dishonest but for being resilient. As we face the tremendous social, economic and moral issues today, the temptation is to panic and despair. The challenge is to be astute in dealing with each other precisely because we are “children of light,” baptized and sent.
Are you up to the challenge?
Fr. Clement Paul.