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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 5, 2014

HUMAN ECOLOGY

You have heard me say many times before that we are gifted beyond our accounting. Too many times we focus on what we don’t have and/or our sinfulness, but how many times do we take stock of the gifts we have received?

For example, I am sure that if I were to ask you to confess your sins, you could easily rattle off a list, but what about your gifts? Your aptitudes, talents, resources, etc? Could you rattle those off just as easily? If you want a good assignment, it would be to go home and make a list of 20 gifts. Perhaps it is a good task for every Sunday – too look back on the week and ask, as a family, what are the blessings to be accounted and thankful for this week.

Our readings today call us to be mindful of the gifts we have received. We are the vineyard, Isaiah tells us, but it is not ours to possess, rather it is ours to cultivate. It is on loan to us, and our responsibility to care for it is very serious indeed.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43).

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