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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Nov
8

'Half-hearted to Perfect'

And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.

- Luke 16:8

Catholic scholars suggest that the dishonest steward committed usury against his neighbors and repented only when his master found out. He then chooses to give up the payment he had dedicated to himself and pay back his master alone.

Occasionally, I've caught my kids fibbing about an infraction until they're certain I already know the truth. Then they rush to make amends. At times, I myself have been happy to find peace in the confessional, while making excuses for why I can't be reconciled outside of it.

Contrition often begins in a half-hearted fashion. Sometimes our heart is ready, but our hands are not, and vice versa. Sometimes our hearts are made ready only when we become aware of the consequences. Perhaps God, in his mercy, smiles on us anyway, for what our human nature has failed to accomplish, his grace makes perfect.

- Elizabeth Duffy
 
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"Perhaps God, in his mercy, smiles on us anyway, for what our human nature has failed to accomplish, his grace makes perfect."

So very touching Elizabeth, Thank you.

God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers for all us who need them.
Tillie | Posted on: 2019-11-08 14:38:19
 
Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen
Thank you Thank you Thank you
A sinner | Posted on: 2019-11-08 10:22:55
 
Now English is not my first language! But I don't think this dishonest steward ever repented...he was just a squandering servant who was shrewd (according to the rich man) in the end!"

"You see the situation. A manager is fired because of squandering (waste in a reckless and foolish manner his boss') property, but before he leaves, he negotiates with the debtors of the owner to sign new contracts so that they owe the owner less than they really do.

They think that’s cool, and the manager hopes that these debtors will feel obliged to him, so that when he’s jobless, they’ll help him out. So, the deceitful manager uses his wits to figure out a way to manipulate money so as to secure his future. That’s the gist.

We don’t know how the story really ends — what happens after this encounter. We just know that when the master found out how clever this guy was, he said something like, “Well, that’s clever. That was shrewd.”

Source of reference
https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/does-jesus-commend-dishonesty-in-luke-16

What was Jesus' conclusion and lessons for us?
* The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light. (Luke 16:8)
* Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. (Luke 16:9)
* “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” (Luke 16:13)

John Piper in above reference continued to say, "Here’s the basic point: Don’t worry about being a shrewd investor in this age, where you can provide a future that will only fail. Instead, be a really shrewd investor by investing in people’s lives. Use your resources to do as much good as you can for the glory of God and the eternal good of others — others who will go before you and welcome you home."

And I agree!

I also agree with Paul in Romans 15:14-15, "I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another. But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you, because of the grace given me by God..."

The LORD has made Your salvation known: in the sight of the nations You have revealed Your justice. You have remembered Your kindness and Your faithfulness
toward His people. The Lord has revealed to the nations Your saving power. Amen! (Psalms 98:2-3)
Salina | Posted on: 2019-11-08 09:59:47
 
Amen. :)
freeter | Posted on: 2019-11-08 09:25:00
 
Dear Sweet family...
Thank you for your messages of promised prayers and hope for Steve.
He had strength in his voice yesterday. I like to believe it’s the result of your answered prayers...but I think it’s the call of the weekend and hunting at the deer lease!
Salina, thank you for your always eye and heart opening words of verse and song.
God Bless us and all who we love.
Pam | Posted on: 2019-11-08 09:02:01
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"I think it’s the call of the weekend and hunting at the deer lease!" I had to laugh...my husband would do anything when it comes to hunting season. He just came back from 5 days of hunting in SC! Before he left, he actually vacuumed his man cave :-) The smell of the outdoor and watching the game coming and going and be still in the woods are enticing to some! It was our family tradition to hunt the Monday after Thanksgiving in PA until the girls went off to college. I still remember hunting in Colorado for the first time. My buck fever caused me to pull the trigger without taking off the safety :-(

I pray the hunting this weekend will encourage and relax Steve and that he feels the strength and the presence of the Lord in the stillness of the woods :-)
Salina | Posted on:: 2019-11-08 17:17:09
 
I am struggling with the same thing. Everyday I pray to let peace into my heart over a situation that has torn my heart in two. My confessional priest says I should pray for peace in my heart but it is a constant prayer for me with no results. Why can’t I let go of this struggle that I can do nothing about? I know I’m not in charge and know the consequences but still I can’t let it go.
Sandy | Posted on: 2019-11-08 08:47:14
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Sandy I have had some of those feelings too. I will pray for you right now and then I will pray and think of you at Mass Ken
Kjc | Posted on:: 2019-11-08 09:22:25
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Sandy, you are definitely not alone in this...join the club and be part of this support group! We cannot do anything on our own strength!

* John 15:15, "Yes, I am (Jesus) the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing."
* John 8:31-32, "So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
* Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him (Jesus), and He will make straight your paths."

You need the 'Break Up Song' by Francesca Battistelli
https://youtu.be/kzI_NpWnaLI
Salina | Posted on:: 2019-11-08 11:36:32
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Sandy, definitely not alone in this. Maybe the reason you still I can’t let it go is because God is tugging at your heart and asking you to do or say something in order for Him to answer your prayer.

I'll be praying for you Sandy. I pray that our Lord will hear your prayer and to let you know if there is something He is wanting you do do, so He can answer your prayer. "Sit still and Know that He is God."
Tillie | Posted on:: 2019-11-08 15:11:51
 
Thank you for these words today. I think God spoke to me in the last section--What human nature fails to accomplish, His grace makes perfect.

I know He is helping me with a difficult situation, even though I might not see it now.

Prayers for all today.
DSG | Posted on: 2019-11-08 07:18:16
 
Praying for our Living Faith Family.

Amen
Tim | Posted on: 2019-11-08 07:11:15
 
Amen
Lia | Posted on: 2019-11-08 07:04:22
 
Amen
Lia | Posted on: 2019-11-08 07:04:19
 
Amen. So refreshing! Continued prayers for our special needs family members. What our human nature cannot accomplish, God's grace will bring to perfection indeed. Blessings to you Living Faith family. , Strength on the journey.
JJC | Posted on: 2019-11-08 06:18:06
 
 
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