St. Paul went through a lot in his life. Early on, he had it all. He was well off, well educated, well liked. But later he was beaten, thrown in prison and eventually martyred. In today’s first reading, he tells the secret of getting along in both situations. Read Philippians 4:13 for the answer. In the Gospel reading from Luke 16, Jesus talks about being trustworthy in matters great and small.
Jesus said, “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.”
Honesty/trustworthiness is a virtue that we practice all the time. It cannot be a part time thing. Sometimes we may try to justify wrong actions on a situational basis. Usually the percentages of getting caught are the determining factor. Regardless of the size of the matter or the chances of getting caught, we must never be dishonest. It reminds of an old saying: You can tell the truth a million times and no one says a thing, but you tell one lie and you’re branded a liar forever. As Abe Lincoln used to say, “Honesty is the best policy.”
Father, forgive us for the times we are not trustworthy in matters great or small. Help us to always be people of righteousness and truth. Amen.
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