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Today's Gospel: Luke 16:9-15


Today’s Gospel is a continuation of yesterday’s parable of the Dishonest Steward. Jesus is telling us in no uncertain terms that what we do matters. All of what we do matters; it all makes a difference. Are we trustworthy? Are we honest? We cannot be a little dishonest or a bit untrustworthy; doing that will cause others to question us. Our behavior is indicative of who we serve. Do we serve, mammon, which means riches and by extension, the material world? Or do we serve God?

The other important point Jesus makes here is that God knows our hearts. We cannot put on a good show for God. We may try, but our efforts will fail in the face of Truth. If our goal is to serve God and not mammon, then we are called to be all in; our internal disposition and external behavior should be aligned. Sometimes that is difficult in certain situations. We want to do what is right, but it is tough. Maybe we are being asked to make a financial sacrifice or use our time in a way we had not planned. In those cases, we may do the right thing, but grudgingly. He knows we are works in progress; ask for the grace to have peace about the decision and to do it with joy.

There are times when the phrase, “God knows your hearts” is a help to me in a very positive way. When there are days when our desire to do what we want seems to be overcome by emotions or anxiety or weariness, be consoled that God knows your desire to please Him and that alone is precious. Our mental and physical selves can catch up with our heart’s desire often more easily than we can change our hearts.



We cannot put on a good show for God. He knows our hearts.



God, fill my heart with the desire to serve you always in all ways. Amen.

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We cannot put on a good show for God. He knows our hearts.

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