Ordinary Time 25 C gospel continues immediately after the lost son parable. The imprudent steward has squandered the master’s property, and so this is the connection to the lost son. The virtue of prudence adds to the list of the disciples’ qualities. The very next virtue is trustworthiness. Our Gospel passage ends with a well known saying about serving God or Mammon; we can’t do both. While the Dave Ramsey material is good for us, it is not the complete answer, which lies in discipleship.

Vs. 9 is difficult. “Dishonest wealth” in the Greek is more literally “unjust mammon”. “Mammon” is property, which has two potential problems: idolatry and unjust acquisition, and a third, an inclination toward sumptuousness. These were problems in the Hellentistic culture of Jesus as must as they are today.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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