Weekend Reflections for 9/19/14
Weekend Reflections for September 19, 2014
By Fr. Len Kraus, S.J.
Here is a strange fact: mercy and compassion sometimes evoke jealousy and resentment: "these last ones worked only one hour and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's burden and the heat."
The mercy and love of the landowner (reminder to us of how things work in God's realm ) challenge the way we might be tempted to think and judge. Jealousy and "entitlement" that separate us from one another are not gifts from God's Spirit.
The prophet Isaiah reminds us of the true picture of God, our God who is generous in forgiving. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord." What a hopeful revelation for all of us who strive, as St. Paul exhorts us, to conduct ourselves in a way worthy of the Gospel!