Posted by: livingscripture | September 21, 2014

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

You too go into my vineyard.”

 (Matthew 20: 7) 

How should we live this Word net of fish

God has chosen each of us to carry out a mission in the human community and in the Church; therefore, we must make the effort to know it, to accomplish it, and to value the gifts of others for the common good.  Even if due to wasting qualities and time, we have later repented but still feel like the workers of the last hour, we can experience the joy of being forgiven and received by the Lord who is always good and merciful.  There is a place in the Lord’s vineyard at any hour.  We must not egoistically close ourselves in our own narrow world but rather be ready for every call, even the heaviest and most difficult, at the beginning as at the last hour of our life.

God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and His logic is not like human logic that too often centers on productivity and efficiency, while God instead looks at love.  Christ came on the earth to save everyone, the first and the last.  Even those who enter the Kingdom late due to various reasons are not penalized.  God’s merciful love wants everyone to reach eternal happiness.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will delight in God’s steadfast love for me at every hour of my life.

O Lord, I ask You to make me worthy to be a simple and humble worker in Your vineyard (Cf. the words of Benedict XVI upon his election as Pope in 2005) and to collaborate in Your plan of salvation and love toward humanity.

 The voice of Opening Prayer of the Mass of the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

O father, You are just and great in giving workers of the last hour the same as the first.  Your ways are as far from ours as the heavens are from the earth.  Open our heart to the wisdom of Your Son’s words so that we may understand the priceless honour of working in Your vineyard from the morning.

 


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