Ez. 34:1-11 | Ps. 23:1-6 | Mt. 20:1-16
Generosity and faithfulness are the themes found in today’s readings. Jesus tells the story of the landowner who hires people to take care of his land for an agreed price. Because the landowner is concerned for those who are without work, he continues to go out to hire people at the various times of the day, agreeing to pay each a just wage. When each group is called to receive their pay at the end of the day, all are paid the same amount. Those hired first are upset. The landowner’s response: “Am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?” This landowner is similar to the shepherd referred to in the first reading. He is a true shepherd who looks after those in need. The good shepherd, the good landowner, the good citizen, the good leader, the good spouse looks after those in need and takes care of them generously. These are the faithful people. These are the ones who care for others and who are grateful for their gifts and use them to help others. Indeed, these people call all of us to look at how generous and faithful we are.
Take time today to see how faithful and generous you are. Do you treat all in need as you treat those whom you call your “loved ones”? Do you help all or only those who come when you are ready? Do you shun those who come at a later time or an inconvenient time? Ask God for a faithful generous heart.