Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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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