Sometimes passages in the Bible are a bit confusing or hard to understand the reason for this is that they were written over 2000 years ago and the people of those times often speak or write differently than we do. Throughout time there have been differing colloquialisms that say one thing but mean another. Our term “it is raining cats and dogs” does not mean that God is bestowing pets for everyone, it simply means that it is raining very hard but someone reading that form another time or place may not understand the phrase or even miss-translate it. Knowing about this we can turn to the scholars who study such things and learn from them about the difficult passages we may run into in the Bible. After consulting a few such sources concerning the Gospel for this weekend Luke 16:1-13, I learned what Jesus was trying to teach about in the parable of the bad steward. The message that Jesus was telling His audience and us by extension is that we should not live by the ideals of this world but live by the ideals of the world to come. We should not behave so as to gain favor of those around ourselves, we should behave so as to gain the favor of God. When I reread the Gospel for today in light of what I had learned it made so much more sense to me. You can find good Catholic commentaries on the web if you ever run into passages that are difficult for you one such is the Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition at haydock1859.tripod.com. You can also learn more about the types of literature and the meaning of different expressions in the Bible at Agape Bible Study www.agapebiblestudy.com, and may you be abundantly blessed in your study of Sacred Scripture!
Your servant in Christ,