All Saints Messenger - September 21, 2017

posted Sep 21, 2017, 12:47 PM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of  Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 

Jesus tells us the Kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner who hired people to work, and who reserved the right to choose how to pay those workers. The landowner shocks all when the landowner avoids all semblance of conventional wisdom in the process. Jesus is describing a God who is not stingy,  who lives in the abundant world...not the scarce world and whose dream is to bless the whole of creation. Those who heard Jesus' parable complained because the landowner (God) didn't think like them. 

Like the disciples, we are to hear Jesus' words as an invitation to get involved in God's work at any hour, in any life situation, without needing to analyze how others are called or rewarded. "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven," we pray as followers of Jesus. We need not stop to think about how God's Kingdom or God's way of doing things will be scandalously different than the ways we might construct things with our prejudices and limited insight and sight. God is God. God gets to choose. Not us!

Merciful God, your ways are beyond our understanding, but we trust your ways with our whole lives. Thank you for your wisdom, choosing to be filled with generous abundance; rather than being scarce and stingy. Enable us to live in this grace, now and into the life to come. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+