August 22, 2018
(The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Jesus told a parable about workers in a vineyard, where those who worked the longest grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us (in payment), who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’ He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. 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 (Jesus said), the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Mt_20:1-16
To put the parable in context, Jesus was speaking about the Israelites and the Gentiles. The Israelites who worshiped God from the very beginning of Abraham’s call versus the Gentiles who worshiped false gods and came to believe in Jesus “last.” God doesn’t want comparison, He just wants devotion!
. . . then, looking at the parable from our perspective . . .
Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. And usually the reason it doesn’t seem fair is that we tend to make comparisons without ever seeing the whole picture. And at the center of those comparisons, their whole basis is usually – ourselves.
Yet, we are not blind to the world around us. We know that there are injustices going on. There are people who cheat and always seem to get away with it. There are people who lie, steal and hurt others all around us.
So what do we do with, or about – injustice?
Well, first off, we have to put our trust in God. We have to remember that we are not the judges of others, but that God is!
And where there is injustice, there is usually a system to deal with it. We are not the vigilantes that the movies so seem to glorify. We can petition our civil and government leaders. We can peacefully demonstrate our beliefs and convictions. We can support the election of people who will stand up for more equitable decisions in our country and in our world (even though they may not be perfect in all aspects of their leadership).
And most importantly we can prevent the spread of evil, by being the very best persons that we can possibly be, ourselves, by modeling the life and teachings of Jesus. And when we run into situations that are totally out of our control, rather than harming ourselves or others through our petty jealousies and judgments, those are the times that we give it all back to God.
And so, we pray . . .
Lord, help us to overcome those times when we feel unjustly treated.
Help us to know when to speak out and when to keep silent.
We know that Your love for us – is all that really matters.
Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of our hearts, we place into Your hands – the healing of our wounded world.
Strengthen our shepherds to care for their sheep, as Jesus does.
Strengthen us to regain our trust in them, through Jesus, who is Lord OF and FOR us all.
And most of all, help us to be thankful for all that we DO have and to recognize and praise the accomplishments of those who have more (deserving or not)!
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