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St Francis Xavier-
60 Davey Street, Frankston, Vic 3199
Rev Chinua Okeke
(03) 9783 3484
Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm

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Sunday Homily

The Power of Forgiveness and Letting Go

 

 

 

THE GENEROSITY OF GOD

 

 

In the first reading (Is 55:6-9), Prophet Isaiah invited us to seek the Lord while his mercy reigned.  He encouraged us to abandon our evil ways and seek for the Lord.  He reminded us that there is always something mysterious about the “modus operandi” of the Lord.  He used the enormous chasm between the earth and the sky to illustrate the mysterious workings of God.  “It is the Lord who speaks.  Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.”  With our human minds, we may be dumb founded or totally bewildered by some of God’s deeds.

 

Seeking the Lord in this life culminates in beatific vision in the next life. St Paul explored this theme in the second reading,  (Ph 1:20-24,27).  He said that whether he was alive or dead what mattered was Christ. He would prefer to behold the beatific vision so that he will be with the Lord forever.  However, being in this body still gave him some time to proclaim the Gospel to the nations.

 

The Gospel grappled with two principal issues: the justice and the generosity of God.  It told the story of the land owner who hired workers to harvest the grapes in his vineyard. He negotiated a fair hourly rate of $20 dollars for their unskilled labour, and they were to work for 12 hours, their lunch breaks inclusive.  Both the labourers and the land owner were contented with the rate agreed upon as just and reasonable. At the end of the day, each was to be paid $240, notwithstanding the lunch breaks.  The first set of labourers were to work from 6am to 6pm. When the work had already started, the land owner still hired more workers;  at 9am, 12noon and 5pm. However, at the end of the working hours, rather than paying the late employees only the hours they worked, the land owner used the first employees as the yardstick to pay all the workers. The first set of workers who had worked all day in the scorching heat took their wages but grumbled at the land owner for not being “fair” in remunerating them.  I believe that if we had found ourselves among the first set of workers who worked all day, we would have grumbled as well.  I have heard some people say at times, “this is not fair”.

 

The Gospel reminds us that God is not only a just God, He is also a generous God and sometimes we may be scandalised by His generosity.  The will of God is for each person to be saved and come to the knowledge of Him.  He is so generous that He gave us His only Son and through His suffering and death we have been saved.  The Gospel story is an invitation to us to be generous and charitable as God is generous and

charitable.

 

Here, we think of millions of Australians who volunteer their time/finance to help different charities; volunteers at the life savers’ club, St Vincent de Paul society,  respite homes, meals on wheels, pregnancy  assistance, different church groups and activities etc..   These voluntary services cannot be merely monetised.  When we donate to a charity, the people or the causes catered for by that charity benefit from our generosity.

 

The basic message from today's readings especially the Gospel is that everyone will be contented in the Kingdom of God.  No matter when we get into it, we shall be satisfied.  The joy of the late comers to the Kingdom of God shall not diminish in any respect the joy and the contentment of early comers!  Indeed, rather than diminishing the joy of early comers, it will increase it for happiness shared is always happiness multiplied.

 

Fr Chinua Okeke CSSp

 

 

 

 

 

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