Homily :: September 24, 2017
09/24/17: Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
09/24/17: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Dave Reeson
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9/24/17: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Pat Nields
(8:19, 7.61 MB)
9/24/17: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr John Boles
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The Gospel of this Sunday tells the familiar and troubling story of a vineyard owner who hires men to work in his field, at all hours of the day. He promises the first the “usual daily wage”. The others hired later in the day are promised, “whatever is just”. At day’s end, the last workers hired are paid a full day’s wage, those hired throughout the day and those hired early in the morning are paid the same, which some find “unjust”. This parable situated in Matthew’s Gospel between the sayings about the first (19:30) and the last (20:16) sends a message to the community about the importance of being faithful workers in the Lord’s vineyard whether they heard the message of the Gospel first, or only lately in the life of the early church. It is God’s justice that is the object of this parable and explains why Jesus preached the kingdom of God to the people of Israel and the “lost sheep” of the house of Israel .
The first reading, seen in relief against the Gospel of today, uses Isaiah to emphasize that God’s ways are not our ways. God’s ways are beyond human comprehension, and especially God’s justice has been difficult for the human mind to grasp. The promise to Israel and to the Church is the same, “Seek the Lord, and he may be found;” enter into the kingdom of God and receive the reward of working in the Lord’s field. The selection from the Letter to the Philippians articulates the significance of Paul’s continued preaching for the Christian community, that is, his preaching is for the benefit of the community. Concluding is an admonition to the Philippians to live lives worthy of the Gospel.
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