Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 17, A.D. 2005
Psalm 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"So the last will be first, and the first will be last"
Did you ever notice how hard this parable is to swallow sometimes? How often
have you read these words of Our Lord and sympathized with those who were in
the field all day? It often strikes me that this is grossly unfair. Why
should this be so?
But think about it -- those in the field earlier had been approached
earlier. The people standing to the side were not idle, they simply had not
yet been reached. Would it be fair to deprive a person who, through no fault
of their own, had been overlooked? Indeed, because they had been so long
neglected, perhaps compassion demands something more.
Many of you reading these meditations -- going to church, feeding the poor,
helping your friends, reaching out in love -- you've been called to the
fields for a long time. You've had time to grow used to the job, and are
perhaps even a little weary now. Perhaps your work in the last half of the
day was not so vigorous as your work in the early part of the day. Perhaps,
instead of seeing injustice, we should rejoice in the replenishment of the
workers. We should delight in the fact that there are more of us to share
the difficult labor.
Perhaps those called late in the day had a weary wait. And they too rejoice
in being called to the fields. We are all workers together. Let us all
delight in our togetherness, and not fret over when and where God chooses
each to work His will. Rather let us all pray that we might be the
instruments of that will when we are called.
Lives of the saints:
Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
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