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The reading in church yesterday was the short parable about a wealthy man's treasurer who stole from the boss and was sacked. He asked himself what was he to do now because he was too old to get another job. He got a bright idea. He went to the boss's debtors and told them to pay only half of what they owed to the new treasurer and slip the other half to him.

Jesus actually praised him because he was shrewd enough to look after his own interest rather than the boss's.  Jesus was teaching us that many do that. They look after their own interests rather than those of God.

Yesterday too, Pope Francis said: "Jesus invites us to reflect on two opposing ways of life: the way of the world and that of the Gospel.” Worldliness is manifested by attitudes of corruption, deception, and abuse of power.

Ireland is often seen as the most corrupt country in the European Union. Recently we had the example of a man who founded a society called Console to comfort those touched by suicide. Contributions flooded in for the cause. Your man started creaming off much of it for his own good life. Some years ago we were cursed by a depression. Businesses could not pay their taxes, families could not pay their mortgages. The State set up a company to take over their properties or houses and sell them off. We're now told that managers of the company may have been looking after themselves. Cartels are importing drugs and cigarettes and selling them to young addicts. Lots of people are taking backhanders.

Cute Hoors? We know all about them.

Sermon over for today!


a scholar that i read linked Jess' preaching to protests against the temple priesthood that collected money from the faithful and had a comfortable relationship with Roman authorities

i wonder if somehow that parable was linked to that
i've never full understood that parable
That's one of the more confusing parables.

- Erulisse (one L)
I think it was more that having chosen to serve himself, he did so thoroughly, with dedication, without swerving a hair's breadth from that past.

Dorothy L. Sayers put the master's words in this form: "You're a thorough-going scoundrel -- but I've got to admire your thoroughness."

The point is whether one can be as thorough about doing the works of light as assiduously.
I like Dorothy L. Sayers' pithy saying.