READINGS FOR SUNDAY, september 22, 2019

FIRST READING: Amos 8: 4-7

Listen to this, you who live off the needy and oppress the poor of the land, you who say, “If only the New Moon were over so we could sell our wheat charging higher prices for smaller portions, thus tilting the scales in our favor. That way, we could buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals—and even make a profit on the chaff of the wheat!”—Our God swears by the Pride of Jacob, “I will never forget a single thing you have done.”

SECOND READING: 1 Timothy: 2: 1-7

Be strong my child, in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Everything that you have heard me teach in the presence of many witnesses--pass it on to trustworthy people, so that they, in turn, will teach others. Bear up under hardship, as I do: stay single-minded, in Christ Jesus. After all, those serving in national service do not get involved in business affairs—not if they want to keep their superiors happy. Or take athletes—they cannot accept the winner’s crown unless they play by the rules. And it is the hardworking farmer who has the first share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying and Our God will give you complete understanding in this matter.

GOSPEL: Luke 16: 1-13

Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a wealthy landowner who, having received reports of a steward mismanaging the property, summoned the steward and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your service, for it is about to come to an end.’ The steward thought, ‘What will I do next? My employer is going to fire me. I can’t dig ditches. I’m ashamed to go begging. I have it! Here is a way to make sure that people will take me into their homes when I am let go.’ So the steward called in each of the landowner’s debtors. The steward said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my employer?’ The debtor replied, ’A hundred jars of oil.’ The steward said, ‘Take your invoice, sit down quickly and make it fifty,’ To another the steward said, ’How much do you owe?’ The answer came.’ A hundred measures of wheat,’ and the steward said, ‘Take your invoice and make it eighty.’ Upon hearing this, the owner gave this devious worker credit for being enterprising! Why? Because the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light. So I tell you: make friends for yourselves through your use of this world’s goods, so that when they fail you, you will be welcomed into an eternal home. If you can trust others in little things, you can also trust them in greater, and anyone unjust in a slight matter will also be unjust in a greater. If you cannot be trusted with filthy lucre, who will trust you with true riches? And if you haven’t been trustworthy with someone else’s money, who will give you your own. Subordinates cannot have two superiors. Either they will hate the one and love the other, or be attentive to the one and despise the other. You cannot worship both God and Money.”