Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for September 20, 2020.
Description: Reflection for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time touches the struggles that everyone faces: God’s not fair!
How many times have we felt that way? And it’s true, at least by our standards. The parable in Matthew 20:1-16a is a fine example of this. The landowner seems to be very unfair. We can begin to understand him, however, if we think of this parable in terms of parent-hood. A loving father cares about each of his children equally. Although he gives more attention to the child who needs it more, he loves the others just as much.
The reading from Isaiah 55:6-9 reminds us that as high as the heavens are above the earth, God’s ways are greater than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. We think that justice (fairness) means equal treatment, but that harkens back to the Old Testament concept of justice: “an eye for an eye”. Jesus raised justice to its highest level, which means being equally loving and kind to all, whether they deserve it or not.
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