Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time – August 21, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope

Judges 9:6-15

Psalm 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Matthew 20:1-16

Matthew 19:23-30

I believe that the meaning of Jesus’ parable of the landowner is clear in saying that the justice of God is a generosity which goes beyond what is just and surpasses our ideas of what justice is or should be.  God’s love is nothing but generosity.  He is always looking for a way to be good to us and creating possibilities where they are “non visible” to us.

But this can cause a major problem for us when we see throughout the world innocent children starving, the persecution of people who wish to worship God in their own way, the horror of abortion, violence involving the innocent, and so on.  How can we speak of the love and generosity of God if we can find such cases in our current world?

There is a response to that question, but it has its own problem.  The response is that we simply put our trust in God, absolutely and in every situation.  We must practice the virtue of hope.  And the related problem is that such an answer seems too simple, that God must be held accountable for an illogical and absurd world (I read that term recently,) one in which the innocent and the powerless die and those who are “evil” and worship false god’s prosper.

Sisters and brothers, in the end it all comes down to one simple fact; God is God and we are not.  If all His actions, in every way that He interacts with us, could be explained logically and be beyond reproach He would be only human. God, by His very nature, is beyond our understanding and is only truly satisfying to us as God.  If He surpasses us and is so different that our flawed humanity that He is and always will be a mystery.  Any other God, no matter how wise, loving or attractive is simply not big enough to answer our longing or to deserve our complete and constant obedience.

Our Lord Jesus shows us today only one aspect of that God that we believe in, and even in that generous love He is wrapped in mystery.

Question of the Day:  Is God “visible” to you today and every day?

Prayer:  Lord, teach me to have a loving heart for those who are in need. 



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