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September 18, 2005
September 18
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Isaiah 55: 6-9, Psalm 145, Philippians 1: 20c-24, 27a, Matthew 20: 1-16a
"Are you envious because I am generous?"

We hear a lot about the generosity of God in the readings over these weeks. Last week, we heard about God’s generosity in forgiving our sins, the debts we have incurred in the wrongs we have done. This week, we hear how God lavishly gives his gifts to those whom he chooses.

So often, we can be frustrated when we see certain people who seem “to have it all together.” It seems God just keeps pouring out his blessings on some, while others have to scrape by the best they can. “This isn’t fair,” we may protest. “Why would God treat this person so good and not help me out the way I want?”

It’s not a very comforting thought, but it is the truth that God is God, and God’s gifts are his to give, not ours demand. We do not have the authority to hold God accountable for the way he chooses to be generous. In the end, this is the basic message of the book of Job. Job, who was a truly righteous man, suffered terribly and, in the end, had to simply accept that this was the will of God. Why would God treat his friend this way?

If we truly believe that God is who he says he is, infinitely loving and infinitely good, then we also must believe that when God allows suffering in our lives, it must be for some benefit. I don’t believe that God causes suffering, suffering comes from Original Sin. But God does allow suffering at times. I don’t think we should thank God for suffering, but we should thank God for the grace that he gives us to make it through our suffering. God does not allow anything to happen to us that is too much for us to handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). Indeed, God has the power to make everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Can we receive all things as a gift from God?

Can we rejoice with others when God blesses them in their lives, even if God is allowing some trial to test us at a particular moment in our lives?

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01/15/2014Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
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10/23/2013October 27, 2013
10/16/2013October 20, 2013
10/09/2013October 13, 2013
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10/31/2012November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/24/2012October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/17/2012October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
02/29/2012Second Sunday of Lent
01/18/2012Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
08/24/2010August 29th
08/17/2010August 22, 2010
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05/25/2009Pentecost The Birthday of the Church
05/29/2008Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/16/200629th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/13/200628th Sunday in Ordinary Time
06/28/2006Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/23/2006January 29th, 2006
01/16/2006January 22nd, 2006
01/09/2006January 15th, 2006
12/28/2005New Years Day
11/21/2005First Sunday of Advent
11/14/2005Solemnity of Christ the King
11/09/2005November 13, 2005
09/27/2005October 2, 2005
09/19/2005September 25, 2005
09/13/2005September 18, 2005
09/05/2005September 11, 2005
08/31/2005September 4, 2005
07/11/2005July 17, 2005
07/07/2005July 10, 2005
07/06/2005July 3, 2005
06/21/2005June 26, 2005
06/14/2005June 19th, 2005
05/23/2005Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
05/16/2005Holy Trinity Sunday
05/05/2005May 8, 2005
04/26/2005May 1st, 2005
04/18/2005Fifth Sunday of Easter
04/11/2005Fourth Sunday of Easter
04/06/2005Divine Mercy Sunday
04/05/2005Holy Thursday Homily
03/25/2005The Passion of John
03/14/2005PALM SUNDAY
02/28/2005Fourth Sunday of Lent
02/23/2005Third Sunday of Lent
02/14/2005Second Sunday of Lent
02/10/2005First Sunday of Lent
02/07/2005Ash Wednesday
01/31/2005Feb. 6, 2005
01/24/2005January 30th, 2005
01/17/2005January 23, 2005
01/10/2005January 16, 2005
01/05/2005January 9th, 2005
01/02/2005January 2, 2005
12/28/2004Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st
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