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? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him. So he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Jesus offers lessons on trust in today’s gospel. He invites us to reflect on our relationships with others…in situations when mutual trust is strong, as well as times when that trust was somehow broken. This then leads to Jesus’ comments on the challenge of the “divided heart” — trying to serving two masters with competing values.
What life lessons on trust did you learn growing up? How have these lessons stayed with you today? Remember a
time when trust was broken within your family or with a good friend. What did it take to restore that trust? And what personal and family experience do you have of living with a divided heart?
—The Jesuit prayer team
Our God will supply your needs fully,
in a way worthy of his magnificent goodness
in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4: 19