Reflections of the Day
Sunday Bible Reflections ~ 24 September 2017
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

I will give you what is just. (Matthew 20:1-16)

Letís talk about justice. The land-owner in Jesus' parable promised to pay his workers what was just, but he seemed to break that promise at the end of the day. At least, thatís what the workers who were first hired thought. In their eyes, he was treating them unjustly. They saw the workers who started later get paid just as much money as the landowner had promised to them. Whereís the justice in that?

The landowner, however, had a different kind of justice in mind. For him, justice was not primarily everyone getting what he deserves, but everyone getting what he needs. Every time he came to the marketplace, he saw more men - husbands, fathers, sons, brothers - who didnít have steady employment, but who still had to provide food and clothing and shelter to their families. How could he turn them away? How could he think only about his bottom line?

Of course, employers canít give away all of their money; they have families to take care of too. But Jesus isnít talking about best business practices here. Heís talking about Godís sense of justice. For God, justice is a matter of treating everyone with dignity and honor. Itís a matter of ensuring that each person is loved and cared for. Itís a matter of making sure that no one gets left behind.

What a difference from our com-mon idea of justice! All around us, we hear that justice is about reward and retribution. If you work hard, you are rewarded with pay. If you violate a rule, you are punished until you ďpay for" what you have done. While there is some truth to these statements, Godís justice goes beyond this kind of tightfisted, tit-for-tat approach. It includes generosity and love, mercy and compassion. His justice went so far as to give up his only Son to save us from sin and death.

Like the landowner in todayís parable, our heavenly Father offers us a surprising and subversive kind of justice. How can we help but praise him for such a gift!



Meditations, 24 September 2017 ~ The Word Among Us


We Pray:
ďThank you, Father, for looking after my every need."
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