Fr Hugh’s Homily for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The system under which the rich man and the steward were working was not unlike the Mafia in The Godfather. The rich man in the gospel is Don Corleone, whose organisation covers large areas of New York and beyond. Certain areas are run for him by local gangsters (our steward), let’s call him Vince. They run the books and collect the protection money. So one day Don Corleone’s consigliere (Robert Duval -Tom Hagen in the film) gets to hear that Vince is creaming money off the top. Vince realises that his number is up and to help him when he is on the run, he lets a load of the businesses and restaurants he is taking protection money from off their payments. Don Corleone gets to hear of it, and far from being upset realises that this Vince is a guy he could use, as his son Michael will use him later. Vince is smart and in the words of the gospel, astute….