Friday, November 10, 2017

The Great Debt Forgiveness Program

Friday November 10th, 2017

Pope St. Leo the Great

Luke 16:1-8

Imagine that you owe thousands of dollars in debt.  You owe on the house, credit cards, a car or two, and student loans.  For many, I don’t think I’m stretching your imagination to the breaking point.  Now imagine that a representative from the institution that you owe this money to arrives at your house this morning.

This nice person begins to review your debts with you but then suddenly presents new contracts.  He or she tells you that their financial institution has decided to forgive much of your debt.  You sign the new contract for the home and you only owe half of what you owed moments ago.  You sign a new contract and 50% of your credit cards and student loans disappear.  One more contract and your car loan is reduced by 20%.  If everything was legal and on the up and up, I doubt many of us would pass on this opportunity.

How would you feel about the person sitting at your kitchen table helping you sign the forms?  I’d make them a cup of coffee, offer to buy them lunch, and probably give him or her a hug through tears!

What would your feelings be toward the financial institution?  I’d send a thank you note or a gift basket to the president.  I’d also tell all of my friends and family about this great organization that helped me so much and its generosity.  I’d probably even give them the highest stamp of approval today – a like and share on FaceBook.

Much has been written about the master and the steward in today’s Gospel.  However, I think you and I can readily identify with one of the unnamed debtors.  We wouldn't really care too much for the back story.  We wouldn't care about the argument, the stewards wastefulness, or somewhat unseemly actions.  As long as our debts were reduced, we’d love both the steward and the master!

Do you remember that feeling of having all of your debts reduced mentioned earlier?  Felt good to dream didn't it?  What if they weren't reduced but wiped away completely?  What sort of high would that give you?

Now, with that feeling of freedom in mind, remember that you and I have the power to give that feeling of freedom to others.  Let us tell the woman who owes a great debt for her anger that God will wipe out that debt!  Let us tell our brothers in Christ who owe a great debt for their pornography addiction that God has purged that debt!  Let us tell the world that the Great Debt Forgiveness Program is in effect.  They need only turn to God, go to confession, and ask for the grace to incur no further debt and they to will experience the freedom. 

We are stewards of God’s love and mercy; we’re the financial reps, so to speak, of the Great Bank of Mercy!  Though sinners, we are “sons of light”, we are stewards of mercy.  Let us lavishly give our Master’s mercy to others.

FROM THE SAINTS - "Through the sacrament of baptism you have become a temple of the Holy Spirit. Do not drive away so great a guest by evil conduct and become again a slave to the devil, for your liberty was bought by the blood of Christ." - Pope St. Leo the Great (One of our favorite books about Pope Leo is Throne of the World, it's no longer in print but there is one available here)

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