Mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael remind us of God’s loving care for us. We are protected and healed so we can proclaim the Good News.
The author of Ecclesiastes is in the midst of a crisis of meaning. Everywhere it seems is examples of meaningless. Nature seems to repeat things over and over. But for what? Humans toil and work, but for what? Do we make a difference? Will we be remembered. Only if we know where true wisdom is found.
Monday, September 21 began the #ILDP. International Lasallian Days for Peace is a time for us to focus on the many ways, big and small, that we can be peacemakers. This year’s theme is I CHOOSE PEACE. What ways can you choose peace? @CBCHighSchool @brosinprayer @lasalleretreat
Sometimes we know what we know about faith from God’s direct revelation. At other times, we know because we use our ability to reason to arrive at the truth. That is what happens in the first reading. The book of Proverbs is a collection of sayings that often reflect this second way of knowing about God. But in both instances, arriving at true wisdom is about deepening our relationship with Jesus.
Envy eats away at us. We can be consumed by it. We did not get that job promotion. We do not have the same material goods as others. People do not recognize us for our accomplishments as we think they should. We can even envy God. Why does he care for those people? Why does he tolerate those who think so differently than we do?
Will you seek the Lord wherever he may be found? Are you willing to share God’s infinite love with others? Will you seek to set the example of the power of being a disciple of Jesus that leads to happiness and fulfillment?
At the root of the dissatisfaction in this Sunday’s gospel is envy. Even though they are not treated unfairly, the first workers of the day complain because they are envious of the generosity of the Lord. And if the love of God were finite or limited, they would have a point. But, God’s love is infinite, and we cannot be more fulfilled if we are saved. God’s love is without limit, and so everyone can be loved in fullness by God.
I knew very early in my life I did not want to be a farmer. It was hard manual labor. So many things were outside your control. The demands of the job were constant. Sometimes we know where the seed of faith falls, and we can choose how to respond. At other times, we do not know where the seed will fall, yet we can still choose to find God. Either way, trying to find God in all things, and his purpose for us, is what we need to do.
Today the readings feature unlikely heroes. Sometimes we can think we are beyond God’s forgiveness. We can believe that even with God’s grace, it is not powerful enough to turn our lives around. Whether it is big or small, God’s grace works miracles. Believe in it.