We Need Each Other To Attain Our Common Goal
Message from Fr John — 25th Sunday of the Year (A)
God’s ways are indeed different from ours and so we thank Him for the privilege to witness the last week of the month of September 2017. Each day is an opportunity for us to learn and know more of God’s ways.
This week, we reflect on God’s generous love. We recall in our Gospel reading (Matthew 20:1-16), how Jesus teaches us with the parable of the workers hired at different times of the same day yet received the same wage at the end of the day, that no one has more claim to God’s love for responding first or later to faith in Jesus Christ. We all have the same share in God’s love. However, there are some attitudes we must avoid in our response. In the early Church, some members as we do today wanted privileged positions because they have stayed or served the community longer than the newcomers. The question here is, do the privileges we actually cling to or fight for, inhibits or genuinely promote growth?
We should take to heart that our service(s) in Church or Community do not in any way give one more rights than others. We all have be granted the grace necessary for salvation and God has promised salvation to all who believe and trust in Him and act faithfully in His ways. In our service therefore, we should not disregard the gifts of others or the good done by them. We all have a common goal – Heaven, and we need each other to attain it. Thus, in our privileged position of service, let us be charitable and kind with our words as St. Paul admonishes us (Ephesians 4:29).
My dear friends, let us not claim any superiority because of position or gift we have received (1 Corinthians 4:7), rather, let us in humility avoid anything in our everyday lives that would be unworthy of the Gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27). Let us look up to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith for direction. May God bless and keep us in His love. Amen.