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Sunday, September 20, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
When a person treats others in an equal fashion, we say that that person is “fair” with others. To be fair is to be marked by impartiality free from self-interest or favoritism.
In this weekend’s Biblical lessons, we are challenged to deal with the fact that, as Isaiah points out, God’s ways are not necessarily our ways and God’s thoughts are not necessarily our thoughts. Sometimes, we may be tempted to say God’s actions are unfair for “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45).
Jesus shares a classic story in this weekend’s Gospel. He likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a landowner who goes to the marketplace and continually hires people at all different times to work on his property. From the context we can assume that he indicated what would be the daily wage. In settling the wages for their work, he had his foreman distribute the daily wage beginning with those who worked the least, to those who worked for the full day. When they all received the same amount there is an outcry and an accusation of unfairness from those who worked the longest hours. I’m sure many of us would lend our voice to their complaint. The landowner stands his ground and proclaims that they all have received what they understood would be a daily wage. “Am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious, because I am generous?” (Matthew 20:15).
Only when we can humbly perceive the outstanding generosity of God to us even when we do not deserve it, can we in turn rejoice at the blessings others who enjoy at God’s hand. Even if others are blessed more than us, instead of being envious and jealous, we can rejoice and be glad for them? This is the challenge of Kingdom living.