Friends, the first and second readings this Sunday beautifully show both sides of Catholic social teaching: the balance between recognizing political, economic, and social power, and criticizing the abuse of that power. We should not demonize our leaders; we pray for them, and we recognize their importance. But we should not divinize them either; we are deeply aware of the ways that their power can be corrupted.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Am 8:4-7
Psalm – Ps 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
Reading 2 – 1 Tm 2:1-8

Gospel – Lk 16:1-13