Im just after some help interpreting Luke-16, The parable of the dishonest manager.
I’ll copy it down for quick reference.
NRSV Catholic edition.
Then Jesus said to his disciples,'There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were braught to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that i hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” Then the manager said to himself, “What will i do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when i am dissmissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.”
And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.
And i tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
‘Whosoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whosoever is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for the slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’
So the questions i have are, Is Jesus saying its right to act shrewdly in being dishonest with wealth to make friends for ourselves?
Is the master in the parable a representation of Jesus himself?
And what exactly is Jesus refering to when he uses the term dishonest wealth? Is he refering to all worldly wealth in general? Or maybe more specifically money made for example by a dishonest car dealer or somwon like that.
Its a tricky one to understand this, Lord help us.
Id appreciate any help.