Reflection from Fr. Taylor: September 24, 2017, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:6-11   Philippians 1:20-30    Matthew 20:1-16

Justice is a theme that we reflect upon often. Indeed it means different things to different people. For some it means the minimum that we can do to be just. To many of us it means the over whelming generosity of God as we read in last Sunday’s gospel.  The Lord can never be out done in generosity. If all we ever had in life was “what we deserve” it wouldn’t be much.

After all we fall very short of the Lord’s expectations. God’s justice is about treating everyone with dignity and honor and it’s a matter of assurance that each person is loved and cared for. No one gets left behind. In our society we hear much about justice and retribution that those who work the hardest are compensated  the most, and others deserve what they don’t have. The justice of God goes way beyond this. For He looks beyond our faults and sees our needs. The justice of God includes love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and reconciliation. After all, He gave up His only Son to save each of us.

At this time when there is so much hate and suffering we must know that our Lord is not only concerned, but that He does something about it. Indeed generosity and justice go hand in hand. Maybe we should take a look at this week what our own notion of justice may be, and how does it play out in our day to day affairs? God gives us not what we deserve, but what we need.



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