Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Luke 16:1-13 Cheating the Devil

Luke 16:1-13 Cheating The Devil

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Throughout the history of the Chosen People, cheating was an on-going plague. But the prophets of old considered the trampling of justice upon the widows, the orphans, and the poor a downright scandal. How could the children of God be so dishonest? “We will diminish the ephah, add the shekel, and fix our scales for cheating. We will buy the lowly for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!” But, “the Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob; Never will I forget a thing they have done.” (Am 8:4-7)

We tend to cheat the wrong people or the wrong things. We tend to cheat out life with depression; love with lust; forgiveness with bitterness; sacrifice with sadness. Today, the Lord gives us the parable of the dishonest steward. He lifts him up to the status of a prudent man, an entrepreneurial man! How can this be? What is the Lord asking of us? Simple. Jesus wants the children of the light to be more prudent, more industrious, than the children of this world. He wants us to cheat the devil! Christians are not called to play fair with the devil. They are called to cheat the devil! We do not tango with the devil, we CRUSH the devil. Feelings of fear, frustration, despair, loneliness, emptiness, sadness, bitterness, hatred, resentment and anguish are all sentiments that are brought about by sin. That is, a separation of my life from God’s life; a separation of my will and God’s will. The Lord does not want us to be broken. He wants us to lift up our hearts to Him! The devil tries to crush me and when I allow him to do it, when I fall into his trance, I dance with him. We are not called to dance with the devil, we are called to step on his toes!

Today, crush fear with faith; frustration with patience; despair with hope; loneliness with prayer; emptiness with generosity; sadness with sorrow; bitterness with mercy; hatred with love; resentment with forgiveness; and anguish with sacrifice! We do not play by the devil’s rules, we cheat! This is the one time we are allowed to cheat and the Lord is giving us permission.

Yesterday I was late in hearing confessions. Four parishioners left before I could hear their confession. They lost out. The devil won! He got the last word instead of the Lord. They should have waited. But the devil plays his game and we go along with it. Do not be tempted by the devil to walk away in self-righteousness when the Lord is delayed in arriving. He gave us too many parables in regard to this.

One late evening I was shopping at the local supermarket and as I approached the checkout I noticed that the cashier was a severely deformed man. When I noticed him I gasped. I felt horrible for him. Instead, he began to talk with me, ask me how my day went. He joked with me, laughed and wished me well. I couldn’t believe it. He was happier than I! Instead of feeling self-pity, bitterness or despair for himself, he was enjoying life, and enjoying it to the full. He was cheating the devil and living life worthy of a child of God. The next morning I went to the bank, and as I was waiting in line a man came into the bank. He had no vocal cords and a hole in his esophagus. He was speaking through a hand held “electrolarynx” and he made his presence very much known and heard. While everyone in the bank was in shock, this man walked confidently, greeting everyone, and headed straight for me. I pretended to be occupied. He asked me how my day was going and I responded as naturally as I could, as if there was nothing different about him. Then he asked me if I was a minister. I told him I was a Roman Catholic priest. He told me to keep up the good work and to have a great day. Instead of feeling anguished he was cheating the devil with his enthusiasm and joy!

I could go on and on and on…We Christians are called to never give in to the temptations of the devil which shortens life and tampers with our attitudes. We are called to be children of the light, who cheat suffering and death with forgiveness and love! Just like our Master did, and we can only serve one Master.


  1. “Jesus wants the children of the light to be more prudent, more industrious, than the children of this world.”

    This one sentence flashed the word Abortion in my mind.

    Why is it that those on satan’s payroll, who are promoting, performing and procuring the sacrifice of babies in the womb to their god, are the prudent and industrious ones in our culture?

    Instead of serving God Almighty, they are serving the almighty dollar!

    They are REALLY good at what they do. They have sold their lies, victimizing and ruining the lives of vulnerable women and young girls, all in the name of ‘compassion’. It is sickening how they are able to twist evil so well that they can sell it as good and necessary! And I do mean SELL!

    While they are working feverishly indoctrinating our whole culture with their evil, the majority of God’s children of the light are more afraid of what others will think of them and the discomfort of seeing the reality. They use excuses of taking time away from all their important tasks of keeping up with the Jones’s, carting their kids around to all their life enhancing activities and making more money. They turn their heads away from the countless babies who are being chopped up and thrown in the trash and the girls whose lives are being destroyed every single day.

    Oh Yes, a good Catholic will at least throw some money at the problem or even a few prayers to ease their conscience. But that is not enough to fight against the fury of hell that is running amuck all around us.

    Why are we not the prudent and industrious ones working for the end to the killing and conversion of lost souls?

    Yes they have lots and lots and lots of money to further their cause, but we have GOD and He trumps all the money in the world. However, He needs our hands and feet and mouths to do His work.

    The money they are hoarding will pass away in the blink of an eye, but the souls we lead into the light, will never pass away!

    This battle is against satan himself along with all of hell. Going up against him will bring his wrath down on us, but when we are fighting on God’s side, He is behind us 100% and we will be rewarded for our prudence and industriousness!

    Now I will step down off my soapbox and say I am not pointing fingers, I have not done enough personally because the killing continues.

    And I realize if you are reading Father’s blog, you are probably not the audience that needs to hear this comment, but my passion on this subject has gotten away from me today.

    Who knew one little sentence could spark so much fire?

  2. This is a new insight into this Scripture, which has always confused me. Thank you!

  3. I love your honesty about seeing the man at the grocery store and the man in the bank. Too often we have the same reaction.

    I went on a teen retreat this weekend with kids who have or have had cancer.
    It is hard enough for them to deal with losing their hair, missing out on school and activities with their friends; all of which are temporary.
    But several of them have life-long facial disfigurements because of the treatment they received.

    They all were cheating the devil!!

    Three of them are graduating high school this year and one wants to be a minister, one a state senator and the other a public speaker. None of them are letting their disfigurement get in the way of their dreams.

    It is incredible to hear them talk about the blessings, yes blessings (their own words), that they have experienced because of their cancer.
    It is an honor to be able to play such a small part in their lives and it helps me to be more humble and thankful for all the blessings the Lord has poured forth on me.


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