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Catholic Calendar and Daily Meditation

Sunday, September 21, 2014 
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a
Matthew 20:1-16a

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

"My thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways," God tells us.

Today's Gospel is a very good illustration of this truth. If a union boss were to hear this in church this Sunday, he might have a stroke! "Unfair!" we cry at the first hearing. Then, as we cool down and think, we have to admit that the landowner has a point in his defense. It's his money, and he can do what he wants with it.

Actually, the grumbling of those who had worked a full day was their problem. They were envious, and envy is a very human vice. Since it's a parable told by Jesus, the landowner is obviously God~~and God always wins. God sees a lot of things differently than we do!

Now we really have to face the lesson of the day: if my ways of thinking and judging are truly far from the Lord's way, then I must have some adjusting to do! Perhaps I need to work harder in the areas of forgiveness, mercy, and generosity, to mention a few. St. Paul urges the Philippians today to conduct themselves in a way that is "worthy of the gospel of Christ."

If I'm honest, I have to admit that I demand apologies more than I give them. And I don't want to be the one to go first. That leads me to harbor grudges, to make mountains out of molehills, and so extend the hurt into months and years, when I could end the whole thing quickly by reconciling immediately.

How sad to see a son or a daughter keep their distance from a dying parent, even refusing to attend the funeral! It happens! And how many times have I waited to reconcile until it was too late? The pain and stress on both parties are so unnecessary. Both are the losers.

To forgive is to be free, and to free the other person as well. Once we have reconciled with a friend who has offended us, or whom we have offended, we open the way to form a new and closer relationship. And that could give us joy for years, instead of prolonged stress and unhappiness.

To think as God thinks requires openness and a broad vision, free of self-pity and selfish brooding. It takes a habit of gratitude. It means sitting down and reflecting, "What does God want me to do in this situation?" It takes courage and humility and grace to act this way. It helps if we just ask ourselves a simple question: What would Jesus do?

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )yahoo.com


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