10 November.  Too many people nowadays lose their jobs, some even more than once, and seldom through any fault of their own.  Not all of them have made provision for this and many do feel too old to dig and too ashamed to beg. Debt counsellors and financial advisors have their hands full. Is their advice always honest and for the benefit of their client or for themselves?  That situation is really as old as the hills.  In the gospel Jesus noted that even bad managers make decisions that will help not only themselves. But is that just?  We cannot give away what doesn’t belong to us in order to buy favour as in Jesus’ parable of the dishonest steward. As children of the light we have much to learn about the proper use of goods – to benefit everyone. Jesus is being sarcastic in making his comment about the wisdom of the dishonest servant.

Reflect, share, Scripture.  The master commended the dishonest steward for his prudence. “Sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light.” Luke 16:1-8.  Pope Francis. It is chilling to realise that the capacities expanded by technology have given those with the knowledge and especially the economic resources to use them an impressive dominance over the whole of humanity and the entire world.  Never has humanity had such power over itself yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely, particularly when we consider how it is currently being used.  LD 23.  Action and prayer:  Remember in prayer the needs of those who have lost much and if possible offer help.