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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 21, 2014

GENEROSITY AS THE ONLY RESPONSE

Last week, we exalted the cross and if you recall, I spoke that it is for us a great truth-teller. It reminds us of who we are – sinful and often egotistical. We are not as special as we would like to think ourselves to be, but we are so very important and so very loved.

In today’s readings, we are reminded of who God is and how very different God’s ways are from our ways. They demand that we take a hard look at our sense of justice and our sense of worth. For the most part, they are a bit of a slap in the face to the ethics of a western civilization that prides itself on earning our keep.

But we must also understand that this Gospel is not about economics or wages. Catholic Social Thought is very clear about the necessity of just and fair wages. Rather, this a parable about the spiritual life.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Matthew 20:1-16).

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