Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 18, A.D. 2005
Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"I wish to give..."
Jesus' parable is about the landowner who, in ceaseless recruitments, from
the first to the last hour of the day, returns to the marketplace to find
and 'give' what each there seeks, labor. He queries the "unengaged" and
proposes to every remnant the choice for "engagement." All who will receive,
are given a place to come and labor, even in the final hour.
His immense generosity becomes most evident with those engaged last, as He
chooses to reward these "firs" so all may see His bounteous mercy. These
receive the same "due" as those who labored early.
One realizes in this, that each soul is immensely desired by and has an
inestimable value to God. One who wills to finally receive what others
receive early in their lives, is no less valuable or beloved to God. He
reminds us to share His joy at whatever point in time souls choose the union
of eternal life with Him. All are called to receive fully, what He
generously gives freely, the immeasurable gift of His mercy in love for
O Lord, may I never cease seeking and inviting souls to You. Those who
appear to remain idle, ignoring invitation after invitation, let me pursue
in prayer for their salvation. Help me to love them to You through
generosity of spirit. Let my prayer be yours, my heart for You alone, my
love, my Lord. I wish to give. Amen.
- Mary Williams
Lives of the saints:
The Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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