27th Week 2014


My sisters and brothers in Christ,

Jesus has really strong words today in the Gospel from Saint Matthew. We can think that these words are directed to others, but we should also realize that the Gospel is always written for me personally and directed to
me personally. The things that we find in the Scriptures are both general and sometimes historical, but always written for my personal conversion and daily struggle to be faithful.

Each one of us is the vineyard of the Lord. It is we ourselves who keep the Lord out and do not allow Him to transform us. We find so many excuses to keep our lives for ourselves and not to seek God’s will in our lives. How often we find excuses to avoid the demands of the Gospel!

How often we find ways to make our lives easier and to avoid the Cross of the Lord. The first reading today from the Prophet Isaiah tells us the background of this story of the vineyard. This is the same in every age of history. We may know God’s love for using Christ Jesus, but we still find ourselves as sinners. When we hear the second reading, from the Letter to the Philippians, we can find some comfort: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

This is our spiritual life: the following of Jesus.As we follow Jesus, we find that we betray Him. Yet we know His forgiveness. Never should we think that our Christian lifeis simply a life of suffering and of sin. Rather, we live lives that are redeemed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The challenge is at the end of the Gospel: bear the fruit of holiness! That means that if we strive to remain in Christ and to renounce our sin, the fruits of the Holy Spirit can finally be seen in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Let us strive for holiness even as we recognize our predisposition to sin. May the Lord Jesus Christ strengthen the Holy Spirit within us to the glory of the Father.

Father Jesus