Today’s Gospel story is one of the more detailed of Jesus’ parables, and we hear yet another expression of what the Kingdom of heaven is like. To our minds, accustomed to wages that fit the labor, the vineyard owner’s payment practices seem totally unfair. The story itself raises internal questions which are never addressed: Were those hired at the third hour tardy about coming to the
Sometimes, O God, Your Word is hard for us. Sometimes, O God, we don’t want to hear You. Sometimes, O God, we’d rather sing our nice hymns, pray our comforting prayers, and turn away from what You require. Send Your Holy Spirit, that we may turn to You, in the Word read and proclaimed, that we may listen, understand, change and obey. Amen. “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the
“There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” Since 1989, the ‘Season of Creation’, ‘Creation Time’, or ‘Creationtide’ has grown to be a lively global and ecumenical movement in Christian churches, dedicating the Sundays of September and the first in October (closest to St Francis' Day, 4th October) to worship, prayer, reflection and action
[Jesus] said to [his disciples], “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah!” Today’s gospel reading offers us one of the most profound questions in all of scripture, asked by Jesus to his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” I think that all followers
“Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” .................. We have to wonder how long the silence is after the Canaanite woman pleads for Jesus to heal her daughter. Then, the disciples complain that she annoys them. And then Jesus insults her with his declaration that the mission of God’s representative on earth does not include her or her daughter.