An inside job?

RCL Lectionary Reflection for September 22, 2019
In a bold move of self-preservation, the manager works within the system to cuts deals with the rich man’s debtors, thus setting up honor for himself once he is dismissed and (unwittingly perhaps) providing honor for his boss/master in the process. The rich man commends the dishonest manager for his shrewd dealings. So what’s the good news for us? (Photo: Rob Brewer, Creative Commons)

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