⏰Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (23 August 2017)

????Judges 9:6-15; Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.2a); Matt 20:1-16a

In Ps 23, the Lord the Good Shepherd leads his flock along the right path to green pastures, where all things good are available. Why not give him a chance to also lead you into that pasture? Surely, you won’t regret doing that.

The citizens of Shechem made a grave mistake in choosing Abimelech to be their king when the Lord was supposed to reign over them. His brother, Jotham, warned them of the disastrous consequences of such an action, which is clearer from a similar warning which Samuel also gave the people (cf. 1 Sam 8:11-18). Such man-made kings would feed on them rather than providing for them.

On the contrary, the generosity of God to all who decides to follow him into his vineyard is so great. This is well described in the parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matt 20:1-16). No barrier prevents him from giving, and he won’t leave you out if you approach him.

So, is there anyway in which we have chosen material things – money, man or woman, promotion or positions of authority, etc. – as kings over our lives? Are our decisions in life now controlled by our quest for comfort?

It is not late to make a turn. Every good and perfect gift comes from God (Jam 1:17) and we can achieve all things through him (Phil 4:13). Apart from him, we can do nothing (John 15:5).

May he grant you the grace to depend completely on him. And may his generosity also overflow in your life at all times. Amen.

Have a beautiful and grace-filled day ahead. Peace be with you.

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