“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.” -Luke 16: 10
A few years ago Pope Francis said “You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.” Today’s scripture doesn’t speak to prayer but it is a story that offers us the reminder of reaping what we sow. Perhaps a reminder that we show our saving faith by our good works. Verse 11 says to us “If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous [i.e., worldly] wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches [i.e., heaven itself]?” Does this mean that if we fail to be faithful stewards of our earthly wealth—for example saying, “ ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for warmth and to be full—that we shouldn’t assume that we’ll receive the heavenly riches of eternal life. “Faith apart from works is dead” we’ve heard it many times. This parable offers a radical call to biblical stewardship and good works in an age of worldly wealth. May God give us the grace to see people’s needs and meet them with gratitude in our hearts for what God in Christ has done for us.