Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
But Nygren’s thesis does not adequately account for human motivation. We are people with real needs. Beyond physical necessities we need support and assurance which come to us when we go out to others. It is not necessarily selfish to satisfy these needs. What differentiates love from exploitation is concern for the good of everyone. Jesus keeps this distinction in mind in today’s gospel parable. The crafty steward does not only act on his own behalf; he also reduces the burden of the indebted. Similarly, God takes notice and helps us when we help the poor.