This weekend we celebrate the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
This week’s scripture reading is that of gratitude.
Both the reading from Isaiah and our Gospel from Matthew talk to us about vineyards and their owners. Truthfully, what they’re really about is God and our relationship with Him.
In Isaiah’s reading, God loves His people very much and has taken care of them. He has prepared everything for them. God even asks the question: “What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done?” In spite of God’s generosity, love, and constant intervention into their lives, there were many who just didn’t get the message. They wanted even more than God had already provided. Where was even a little gratitude or thankfulness?
As I write this on Monday morning, I am mindful of the horrible shooting incident that occurred in Las Vegas last Sunday. We certainly could use a little more faith and love and kindness in our world. It seems the more society wants to push God to the backburner, the more trouble we have. Faith offers us hope in the words of Jesus. He will never let us down and offers us love, kindness, and everlasting life. If more people were open to faith and the message of salvation, wouldn’t we all be better off? This solution doesn’t come without hard work, even more so in today’s world.
It’s really up to us as people of faith to be leaders in calling all people to gratitude for God’s great generosity. In our Scriptures God announces the ruin of those wretched people who selfishly and violently threw away all they had been given. But, He also moves us always in the direction of the divine mercy of his Son Jesus, who continues to invite us to share in his mission of love and forgiveness. How long do we think God will hold out on his final judgement of us? We certainly don’t want to wait too long. There is much for us to do. As people of faith we are called to live out that faith every day of our lives by the things we do and say. God always means what he says and follows through with his words and actions. Shouldn’t we?
~ Msgr. Bob
Bishop Michael Sheridan and Msgr. Bob Jaeger invite you to join them on a spectacular pilgrimage cruise along the Danube River October 31-November 10, 2018. The ship will travel through Germany, Austria, Slovak Republic and Hungary. Extensions are available to continue into other countries.
There is a limited number of cabins available for our group, so early registration is requested to get the type of room you desire.
Ongoing information will also be provided in The Catholic Herald.
Additional add-on destinations: Prague, Czech Republic, or Krakow and Czestechowa, Poland.