In the gospel, the steward is praised for his prudence because he recognises that his future will not be secured by gathering up his commissions [or more], his part of the rich man’s wealth. He uses the wealth to make friends who will welcome him and support him in the future. Jesus taught, and Catholic social teaching has long emphasized, that a successful human life is not measured by the accumulation of wealth or power. The ‘good life’ is the fruit of strong and loving relationships, bonds of friendship and justice, and commitment to community wellbeing. ‘Mammon’ means ‘what we trust in’. Jesus is uncompromising: we cannot put our trust in both God and money. The severe socioecological crisis in these times makes very clear how pursuing and valuing a practical idolatry of wealth, above all else, threatens and destroys God’s gifts in creation. It betrays our sacred mission to care for creation and share it in gratitude and love.