Exploring the Sunday Gospel - Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity


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Blog for Sunday 18 September

Today is the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, when the Gospel reading is Luke’s parable of the shrewd or dishonest manager. As Jesus draws closer to Jerusalem, so his sense of urgency and crisis sharpens. This, then, is a parable about the crisis with which Jesus confronts the world and about which a decision needs to be made.  The manager is in a crisis and needs to make some quick and important decisions.  Jesus applauds the manager for acting so shrewdly.  The people of God need to make up their minds on the choices that confront them just as shrewdly.

For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during the preceding week, I invited reflection on the image of crossroads. In today’s picture from their book, The Walk, Teddy Horsley and Betsy Bear come to a crossroads and need to make a decision.

Lord Jesus Christ,

you call your people

to choose your way.

Help us to follow you

with all our being,

that we may be called your people;

for you are our God.



Next week, the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, the reading from Luke’s Gospel turns attention to the new world order of God’s reign as focused by the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The image to help us prepare for next week’s theme is food banks. You can find out more, below. 


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