HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 20TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II (2)







HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 20TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II

THEME: Why be envious because I am generous.

BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17 2022

 

*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Ezekiel 34:1-11
Psalm 22
Matthew 20:1-16

*LITURGICAL COLOUR*
Green

*ABOUT OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today from the Book of the prophet Ezekiel, we heard the Lord rebuking the leaders and elders of His people, the so-called shepherds of Israel, who have not followed their duties and obligations as they should have. The Lord rebuked those people because they had neglected their duties, as they sought to gain advantage for themselves, fattening and enriching themselves from their manipulation of others, from their extortions, the abuse and misuse of their authority and power. As such the Lord harshly rebuked those people who had not obeyed His will and misled the people down the wrong path.

*ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF TODAY*
Then, in our Gospel passage today, we heard of the Lord speaking to His disciples regarding the parable of the workers, in which a vineyard owner went out to seek for workers, calling and gathering all whom he could find along the way, and making them to work in his vineyard. Some responded to his calls early while others only responded right up to the last hour. In the end, all of them received the same pay and remuneration, as part of what they had agreed with the vineyard owner as part of their work. It was then that those who were called early then were unhappy because they had responded early to the call and therefore expected better pay than those who joined the work last.

*CONCLUSION*
Dear brothers and sisters, this parable in fact highlighted the nature of the Lord’s calling upon each one of us. As God has patiently reached out to us and calling us throughout, we have been given many opportunities to return to Him. However, unfortunately, many of us delayed in answering Him and waited and waited before finally responding to Him. Nonetheless, as we heard the vineyard master doing, the Lord has always been patient in reaching out to us and seeking us to return to Him, and once we have embraced Him, His salvation and accepted Him wholeheartedly as our Lord and Saviour, the reward mentioned in the parable refers to the gift of eternal life and true joy with God.
May God Bless Us through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

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