Today is the memorial of Saint CHARLES Borromeo (Bishop)
Scripture readings: St Paul to the Philippians 3:17-41, Psalm 121, Luke 16:1-8.
In the Gospel, Christ told his disciples a parable about an astute steward. In this parable, we see how this dishonest steward uses his master’s property to win friendship for himself. This is because he said, if my master sends me away, I cannot dig, I can’t go begging for I will be too ashamed of myself. I have to use my master’s wealth to win friendship for myself so that there will be people to welcome me when my master sends me away.
All of us have God’s gift in us. It could be the gift of singing or the gift of service. The question is how am I using God’s gifts to win heaven in Christ? This dishonest servant used his master’s wealth to win friendship for himself. What about you and I whom God have given so many treasures?
St Charles Borromeo became a true shepherd of the flock that God had entrusted to him. He used God’s gifts to gain heaven.
St Paul is telling me and you today in the letter to the Philippians not to be ashamed of the things of heaven but rather to be ashamed of earthly things, not to give up our hope, but to be faithful in the Lord.
May God grant us the grace to be faithful to Him at all times, Amen.