“The children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.”
Luke 16: 1-13
This Sunday’s Gospel illustrates something incredible about Jesus’ teaching. He is not afraid to use even ‘dodgy’ or ‘immoral’ people as examples to highlight qualities we should emulate. In this story a steward plays fast and loose with his master’s money. He is fired. To save his own neck, he is not afraid to make alliances with people who can help him out of a hole. He identifies something that he can do for his new friends: debt relief. He reduces the debt of his master’s debtors.
This does not really cost the master anything. He is merely removing from the debt owed, his own exorbitant commission. He understands well an essential wisdom of life – sometimes you have to ‘give’ to ‘receive.’
As a boy in the market with my mom, vendors would often give her free samples so that the following week, she would purchase from them. This is good business, but also wisdom. Let us all learn to be wise. Life is not for the closed and tight-fisted, but for the free and generous of heart.