Reverend Rob Lamerton
23 September 2007, Pentecost 17
God (the Master) is a God of judgement and mercy. Because of his evil, man, (the steward) is caught in the crisis of the coming of the kingdom. Excuses will avail the steward nothing. Man's only option is to entrust everything to the unfailing mercy of his generous master who, he can be confident, will accept to pay the price for man's salvation. This clever rascal was wise enough to place his total trust in the quality of mercy experienced at the beginning of the story. That trust was vindicated. Disciples need the same kind of wisdom.
The manager is a child of this age and has acted wisely.
The religious (Pharisees etc.) are (or saw themselves as) the "children of light" but they act as if they were in darkness.
Three things come out of the story:
Leads me to the discussion about Prayer:
If we are all in some way to be managers of what we have and the world around us;
If we are to be faithful in small as well as large:
If we are to be sure in our devotion:
Then we need to keep in constant communication with God who charges us with the management of all that is!
Prayer — prayer is about keeping in touch!
NOT to keep demanding of God, BUT to keep the relationship going and to be aware of what God wants of us.
Prayer — we hear of Jesus praying in so many places and situations and in our second reading today we hear (Paul?) encouraging Prayer for EVERYONE but especially for people who have the responsibility of leadership.
PRAYER — keeping in touch
like any friendship it needs to be
Supplication — as Paul says: for ourselves, for others
Also the silent prayer of meditation
and taught prayer — The Lord's Prayer
Learning to pray: Just do it
and we will begin to see new attitudes and outlooks —
we will approach people differently as we pray for them because we begin to want to understand them and love them.
Prayer is about managing our lives … and keeping in touch with the ways of God.