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The Parable of the Dishonest Manager in the Gospel according to Luke, is an interesting story indeed. Quickly following the Parable of the Prodigal Son, it comes right before Jesus’ teaching on divorce, right into the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Prominent themes in the Gospel of Luke are great reversals. Mary’s song speaks clearly of this when she sings of God lifting up the lowly and bringing down mighty. Unless Jesus is using irony in Luke 16.1-10 (which he very well may be), this parable casts an interesting theological light on the Gospel, especially in comparison to the Magnificat. In Scripture, it seems as if God never leaves us satisfied with our understanding of God. God continually challenges our complacency and beckons us to dig a little bit deeper. How does the Parable of the Dishonest Manager beckon you to dig deeper and celebrate the diversity of Scripture?