Word for the Weekend: September 18

Photo by AP

Time to sit down with the scriptures and begin to prepare for celebrating the Lord's Day this weekend, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Spend some time with the texts and background material on them and invite your kids to do the same.

This Sunday's familiar gospel story challenges American sensitivities about fairness and justice but the greater challenge in the parable comes from God's generous desire to open his kingdom to all.

The photo above shoes a contemporary scene of workers going into the vineyard... If you were in that photo, would you be heading out to work at dawn, at 9:00 in the morning, at noon, or at 3:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon?

And what how would you expect to be compensated?

And if you were not the laborer but, rather, the master of the vineyard, what would your pay scale be?

What kind of master do we hope the Lord will be for us?

How do we follow Jesus in this regard?


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  1. If I were the laborer, I will expect to receive the amount equivalent to my output. This also goes for being a master since fairness should always be our first principle. As for Jesus, we all desire for a fair and merciful master who'll understand what we're going through.

  2. This has nothing to do with the parable - I just noticed the new photo pic/portrait of you on the side bar- novel idea. Looking good !
    Back to the vineyard : to understand this I have to be counterintuitive to the ways of this world.

    The values in God's vineyard are nothing like the ones that operate in this world.

    Your questions will keep me occupied !



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