Get out your Wall Street Journal; we’re going to study some catechism today. It’s interesting that these days, we keep coming across money in the gospels of the daily and Sunday Masses.
Yesterday, we found Jesus creating quite a scene by driving the sacrificial animals for sale out of the temple and upsetting the tables of the money-changers. Today we hear his parable of the dishonest steward who makes friends for himself by reducing the indebtedness of his master’s debtors. And surprisingly enough, his master commends him for being crafty! If you can’t be honest, you might as well be sly. Then tomorrow Our Lord tells us to make friends with money so that when we die and money is of no further use to us, the use we made of it in this world will win us a place in heaven. And then this Sunday, we will be presented with the poor widow whom Jesus praises so highly because she gave to the temple collection box all she had even though it was very little.
We’ve all heard the old proverbs: “You can’t take it with you.” And “There are no pockets in shrouds.” But you see, they are somewhat misleading. It is true that we can’t take money or stocks and bonds, or bank accounts, or investments with us. But we certainly can — and should — take with us the MERITS of how we used our wealth and other assets on earth. In fact, Our Lord says to us: lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. We have many, many assets in this world. And Our Lord expects us to use them well so as to glorify him, serve others, and advance our own spiritual well-being. We are given a certain amount of time. Talents of one kind or another. Opportunities to do good. Means of bearing witness to God, to Our Divine Lord, to the Church, to virtue, to the moral law, to the value of human life, to justice for all, to compassion, kindness, and love.
Let us use these things wisely and well and thus turn them into our friends who will stand us in good stead when we must be judged as to how we have lived our lives and used our wealth of its various kinds. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.