The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
As Catholics we rejoice in the “nearness” of our God, for the Lord is present to us in the activity of the life of the Church, particularly in the sacraments, and especially in the Eucharist, in the form of bread and wine that become the very Body and Blood of Jesus. We give thanks for the consolation of his presence as we sing with the Psalmist today, “The Lord is near to all who call upon him” (Ps. 145:18). The prophet Isaiah urges us to “seek the Lord while he may be found” (Is 55:6).
We are often challenged, however, by consequence of his presence: the Lord sometimes challenges us and calls us to conversion and change of heart. Isaiah delivers this word of the Lord: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are my ways your ways.” The parable Jesus tells today reminds us that we often do not see things the same way God does. The generosity of the landowner who pays his workers equally even when they don’t work equally naturally calls for a reaction such as “hey, that’s not fair!” We want to side with the faithful worker who put in long hours. Indeed, Jesus’ lesson on God’s generosity reminds us that we do have a difficult time seeing things as God does. The slogan popular a few years ago, “What Would Jesus Do?” (WWJD) was meant as an encouragement to think beyond ourselves and to attempt to grasp Jesus’ vision. That is much easier said than done, of course, but the Lord is calling us, and is generous to us when we stumble. The real GOOD NEWS of the parable is that we are the recipients of God’s lavish generosity. Identifying with the workers who were paid generously might be the better, though harder, approach, so that our response is one of gratitude rather than grumbling.
This Thursday we will offer our annual Fall Day of Prayer and Reconciliation. Priests will be available to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) throughout the day (9–11 am, 12–2 pm, 3–5 pm, and 7–8 pm), and the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Eucharistic Adoration beginning at the end of the 8:30 am Mass and concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 8 pm. Let us together open our hearts to God’s grace and mercy and join together in prayer especially for those who have suffered in the wake of violence or the recent storms.