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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 18, A.D. 2005

Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

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 eternal life.

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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