This is the parent category to reflections written for the Sunday and some weekday Masses for all three liturgical years.
While some might have a particular call on their life to live The Waymaker’s Ministry exclusively, all of the Baptized have a general call on their life to prepare themselves and others to receive the fullness and glory of Light of the World.
Like John, we cannot be holy unless we are first freed from the systems of the world. Oftentimes it is our dependence on the need of status (titles, degrees, awards, symbols of prestige, and etcetera) and security (earthly shelter, money, material, relationships, and etc.) that hinder our detachment from the world.
In regards to our call to keep watch and to be on guard (i.e. for ourselves and for the community) against those things that might harm the house of the Lord (i.e. ourselves and the Church), there are three reasons why we tend to fail to do so consistently.
Even though Christ Jesus is never recorded to have spoken the phrase ‘No Man is an Island’, the truth of the statement has never been better elucidated upon than in today’s Readings.
The truth of the matter is that the major reason why there were those in the marketplace doing things that Jesus found to be offensive is because the religious leaders allowed them to. You see, if we don’t respect ourselves as a temple of God, then no one else has a reason to either.
Our only duty is the pray for the souls of the dead whom we can’t perceive with our senses or know for certain where they are. Our hope in praying for the faithfully departed is that those who we particularly loved might be included in that number. We have no prayers for the unfaithfully departed.
If you desire to Cooperate with God, just imitate this one thing He did for you – put the divine and basic material needs of others before your own, and should you make this a frequent practice in the name of Christ Jesus.
All have been invited to this feast through Natural Invitation, and Christ Jesus has commanded and empowered us to make sure all can eat at the feast by going out in the world and “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Therefore, our call as Christians is not to be concerned about who’s in and who’s out the Kingdom of God, but rather, it is to point all people to means and source of entry into the Kingdom. We are not called to keep people out. Those who love their citizenship in Kingdom of God will desire for as many people as possible to share in it.
The laborers in this story are just ordinary people like us.They have an expectation that the more work they do, the more money they will earn. They are guilty of being envious of what God is doing for others, but not for they. They are guilty of being covetous for what God has given others, but not them.