Gospel Reflections for September 24 2017
Got financial advice?
I hope this Gospel can help …but the story of a farmer paying the same wage to workers who arrive at the end of the day to those who have worked all day long doesn’t seem fair! He is paying too much to latecomers who do not deserve it. Who would be that generous?
Every family should think carefully about expenses and focus on important things, like food, clothing, and shelter. We know money is limited so we should always stay realistic. Wise families carefully discern the essentials they need most, and I see families at St. Bruno do that well …that’s good news!
So why does Jesus present this farmer to us? Perhaps we should know what the “money” in this Gospel actually is. Jesus means a different kind of “coin” and it is love, not cash, and His love has no limits. You would certainly expect to pay more cash to a worker who has been working all day than one who has just arrived, but love is different than cash.
When we love as Jesus loves that kind of love is limitless. After all. parents love a newborn child the same as older children who have been around for years. God is generous with His love as parents are for all their children no matter when they arrive!
Real love is practical about basics like food, clothing, and shelter. I believe our parish must show that practical love as well.
In the months to come we will start new ministries that offer concrete help to people of all ages: A new Volunteer Program to help find God’s plan for you, an even larger University Series adult educational program to know Jesus even more, and a new website with more information to help us be happier, healthier, and holier.
St. Bruno each week always offers the Eucharist as the practical “spiritual food” we need, the Church as the “shelter” we need, and knowledge of Our Lord, as the “clothing” that will keep us strong and secure. Jesus invites always to practically ask ourselves, “What am I doing with my time, treasure, and talent? Do I believe His love for me has no limits?”
Your practical support each week in the collection also helps make these ministries possible and real at your parish. Your generosity reflects the generous nature of the person in this Gospel that Our Lord so admires.