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Friday 4 November

Romans 15: 14-21, Ps. 98, Luke 16: 1-8

What is truly commendable?

This rogue manager protects himself against impending redundancy by writing down the debts of his master’s creditors. He gains both their gratitude and the opportunity to blackmail the creditors, who are now involved in his misdeeds. Then, Jesus tells us, the master praises the manager. How could Jesus commend such a person? This parable challenges us to consider whether we can see the best in an apparent rogue? We may be threatened by the idea that shrewdness can be commendable. Do we see thinking as an activity that can help to bring in the reign of God?

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