Meditation – 22nd September 2019

The Deep End – Kingdom Economics
If you think that all the parables Jesus told were nice stories
about people of integrity then today’s Gospel might make you
think again. The manager has been put on notice by his CEO
and he decides to even up the tables, while he can, for those
who are struggling to pay their debts to the company. He is
happy to let debt go and redistribute the finances. The only
value the money really has is in the way it is disposed of. Yes,
he is a bit of a scoundrel, but Jesus liked scoundrels, once their
efforts were put to good use.
During this past year we have seen young people rise up
and challenge the governments of the world to take immediate
action on climate change. In March 2019, the Global Protest
for Climate involved over 1.2 million young people worldwide.
Initiated by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the climate
protests shine as a beacon of hope in dark times. Greta stands
up to world leaders and calls them to account. She is a modern
prophet inspiring millions of young people into political action
and challenging all of us to raise our voices for our common
home. During this Season of Creation, what can your
community do to support these young people? As church, what
do we have to say to this powerful movement? The manager in
today’s parable invites us to ‘holy mischief’.
‘What kind of world do we want to leave to
those who come after us, to children who are
now growing up? … Doomsday predictions
can no longer be met with disdain. We may
well be leaving to coming generations debris,
desolation and filth.’ (Laudato Si’, 160-161)
Suggestion for the week: Explore how you might join with
the eco-groups in your community to rejoice in the gift of
creation, to share eco-stories and hear other good news of what
is already happening. Perhaps you can explore becoming an
‘eco-parish’?
(www.ecocongregationireland.com) and ask young people in
your area to help you.
Jane Mellett