Unrighteous Wealth

This week’s Gospel is Luke 16:1-9, the parable of the Shrewd Manager. At first reading it sounds like Jesus is saying to earn friends so that when they go to the eternal dwellings, they will receive you. This sounds too close to works righteousness. But then the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus follows. The Rich Man did not gain Lazarus as a friend by his unrightoeus wealth, and thus Lazarus was not able (did not) receive the Rich Man into the eternal dwelling in Abraham’s bosom.
Now, the Rich Man did not believe Moses and the Prophets, who, above all, preached the love of neighbor, right? So the maybe the parable of the shrewd manager is a sister parable to the Rich Man and Lazarus.


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