Reflection from Fr. Taylor: October 8, 2017, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 5:1-7    Philippians 2:1-11    Matthew 21:33-43

Today’s Gospel stresses the importance of our Spiritual Leaders and their accountability and responsibility to those who lead us. The Pharisees did not live up to the call that God had given them rather they used it for their own advantage. It also tells us that any power or authority we may have in this world is only for the care and service of others. It is never for our own selfish desires and needs.

The Gospel foreshadows the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The stone that the builders had rejected is the cornerstone. In this life’s journey there are numerous opportunities to use our gifts, talents, and material resources to help others and to make the world a better place. Some do not look at it this way. The world tells us that accumulating for our personal needs is what is really is going to make us happy, but it has proven time and time again not to be the case. The more we keep everything we have to ourselves, the more unhappy we become, and the less fulfilled we are.

In this month of October we are dedicated to respect life. Life is being challenged in so many areas of our society. We especially focus on the many who struggle with challenges due to their abilities both physical and mental. They are here as God’s great gift to us. They are to be nourished, cared for and affirmed. As we work towards better living for the aged we also work toward providing a wholesome and decent life for all of Gods’ children. They are being threatened in so many areas.

As we mature and grow older our needs in life can become very different. A good many of our elderly are often forgotten. Their life has been rich and enriched and they have given so much to all of us.

We remember all of those who have suffered and have died on behalf of goodness in serving others. As we go back to the Gospel we are accountable and responsible for what we have. If we indeed see the face of God in everyone we can not help but to want to respect life and all of its implications.

 

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