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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 21, 2014

 

READINGS

First Reading: IS 55:6-9

Responsorial Psalm: PS 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18

Second Reading: PHIL 1:20C-24, 27A

Gospel: MT 20:1-16A

 

Homily on God’s Generosity

In our Gospel today, Jesus teaches His disciples who God is through a parable. He taught them that in God’s generosity, He is always on the go to search out for us to share with us the work of building up His Kingdom on here earth.

IN the parable, a landowner went out to the market place so many times during the day to search for laborers for His vineyard. He went out so early in the morning and even until late in the afternoon. They were all hired. At the end of the day, everyone received equal daily wage.  But those who worked all day and “who bore the day’s burden and the heat” thought it to be unjust. For them, they deserved to receive more than those who work less than an hour. Yet, the landowner reminded them of their agreement on the daily wage. He actually gave them what was due to them. He was just being generous with his money. This teaches us that human justice can never be equated as God’s justice. Let us look at the Gospel again.

‘My friend, I am not cheating you.
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?’

Here, we understand that God’s generosity expresses His justice. This, we can never comprehend. The Lord says in our first reading, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways.”

Here is how God’s generosity is received. The workers were hired because the landowner continuously seeks them out. They were there at the right place and at the right time when the landowner came out. They would not be hired if they did not go to the market place, if they did not let themselves be found. In like manner, God seeks out for us to work with Him in His Kingdom. But we need to do our part that we may be found. Isaiah in the first reading states that “Seek the LORD while he may be found, call him while he is near.” There is no problem searching for God. He is always near because He is constantly searching out for us. The problem lies in us. Am I hiding from God? Will I let Him find me? We let ourselves be found if we do what Isaiah said, “Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked his thoughts; let him turn to the LORD for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving.”  Similarly, our Responsorial Psalm reminds, “The Lord is near to all who call upon him.”  With these, we learn that God will surely find us if we call upon Him, turning to Him with repentant hearts, forsaking our sinful lives. When God finds us because we call out to Him for mercy, He will take us in. And Certainly, we will experience God’s generosity giving us the abundance of His love and forgiveness. Moreover, we are privileged enough to work with Him in His vineyard, His Kingdom here on earth.

In a word, those who are found will surely experience God’s generosity. Now, will you let yourself be found?

 

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