- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Luke 16
Jesus’ teaching is focused on our relationship to God and mammon, a Hebrew word for money.
Dishonest steward (1-18) —- This parable challenges us to be as clever and prudent as the steward in ensuring our future. The point Jesus made was not dishonesty of the steward. It was his shrewdness, his way of using the money to gain his future. “The people the light, meaning the people of God,” (v.8) are to handle materials things, money so as to secure heaven and the future because they put God, relationship to God first over the money. Jesus fulfilled all the Law and the teaching of the Prophets, including about money and marriage. Therefore, the people of God are invited to live by his teaching.
The rich man and Lazarus (19-31) —- “Why was the rich man sent to hell while beggar Lazarus was sent to Abraham’s side, heaven in other word?” The text does not explain explicitly why or how. We can only reason by contextual understanding, Luke’s theology and his community of the lost, the least, the last.
First is from Luke’s version of Beatitude in Luke, blessed and woe
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh…?
But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.” (Luke 6:20-25)
Second is related to the previous parable of the dishonest steward. In contrast to the dishonesty steward who used the money shrewdly to prepare for his future, his family the rich man just enjoyed himself with no God, no others in his heart and in his life. “Lived luxury every day.” Woe came to this rich man.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer…
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Reflect on, “How do I believe “You cannot serve both God and Money.”
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.