More Elder Siblings

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If you think Jesus is preaching about economics in this past weekend’s Gospel reading, our associate pastor said during the homily, you have missed the point.

Sunday’s cycle A reading for Ordinary #25 is delicious. The whole debate, discussion, foaming over mercy in remarriage (and other matters) popped into my head when I heard:

My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?

Envy, ooo. Does Jesus not have the choice, the power, the position to be merciful? And we have choices, too. Can we not strive to match the Lord?

The internet fussing on the possibility that the remarried might be admitted to the sacraments in some less harsh way continues to gnaw at me. What’s up with that? I feel pretty good about being married for nearly twenty years. I feel grateful my wife has the patience to put up with me, and that I find the grace to nurse her through her medical challenges and occasional other mishaps.

Our whole street could land in divorce court, and I suspect we would remain an island of craziness in it all. I would feel badly for my neighbors, but I wouldn’t want any of them, if they were Catholic, to be deprived of the grace I know and experience.

There’s altogether too much pelagianism on the loose in the Catholic Church these days. Many people, it seems, seem to think they deserve to get a little bit more than the late hirelings.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to More Elder Siblings

  1. crystal says:

    My favorite homily on this reading :) … .. http://rmarsh.com/1999/09/19/sunday-week-25-year-a/ … “The reign of God is like an SAT examination: some worked night and day exhausting themselves in preparation; some paid thousands in coaching fees to learn the secret tricks; and some went out partying every night and guessed the answers. All got the same score …”

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