09-20-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Christ,

What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Mt 20:16)

As Christians with feelings and emotions, we always want to be just and sincere in our dealings with others especially with those whom we serve and those who serve us in different ways. We may feel that in today’s parable, Jesus was an unjust man, who had no compassion towards the ones who worked the whole day. No, our God is God and has his own ways and His own thoughts. God loves us eternally and is always willing to forgive us and to show us mercy.

The first reading taken from the book of Prophet Isaiah says “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near.” The Prophet Isaiah reminds us that God’s way are not our ways. These are two important points that help us understand just a bit how God is toward us. The Lord is always near but we don’t always feel that way. The Lord can always be found, but we don’t spend the energy. To walk with God will cost us our life—and we are often not entirely committed to that walk with the Lord. But God loves us always because His ways are not our ways. If we have a friend who is just with us and for us part of the time, we would normally not consider that person a very good friend. Yet God in Christ Jesus is willing to call us brothers and sisters and friend and beloved—even when we reject Him.

In the gospel of today, we could see an another different way of Jesus to love the needy. Jesus was able to see the heart of the one who came at the last hour of the work. It was not his fault that no one called him for work. In this pandemic situation, we can see thousands are without sufficient food and money because of a lack of opportunity to work and earn their daily bread; unable to meet the daily needs of their lives and struggling with the whole family. Today, Jesus is inviting us to be human who is able to understand the desires of the poor and needy and help them to live their life, rather than focusing on only our own selfish needs.

Let us pray for the grace of God upon us so that we may be able to see others, especially those who are struggling in their lives, with the eyes of Christ and be able to help them in whatever way possible.

God bless you! Have a Happy Sunday!!