*HOMILY FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A*
*THEME: WHY BEGRUDGE MY GENEROSITY*
Beloved in Christ, one of the phrases we hear as we go through life is “this is not fair” or “it isn’t fair”. This phrase is commonly used in man’s relationship with God especially when God blesses both the good and the bad. For instance, how can someone who works the whole day be paid the same as someone who only worked an hour or less.
Dear friend, the truth is, nothing God gives us is due us; everything He gives is from His generosity – we cannot possibly earn it or deserve it. For this reason, the divine methodology and the divine script are entirely different from the human script and methodology. A clear reminder that His thoughts and ways are not the same as man’s.
Beloved, it is sad and unfortunate that the generosity of God has become a source of envy and jealousy for mankind. For instance, when we see former sinners attain positions of eminence and the sight of those we perceive as less talented advance in their careers than us. The dissatisfaction is not from what we have received but for what others received. I want to take it away from, and if I can’t do that, I will soil or destroy it for you; we want to destroy what is good in people’s life.
Beloved, let us not be jealous on account of God’s extravagant mercy for we ourselves do not deserve what He is doing for us. For “all of you were baptised in Christ… are Abraham’s descendant, heir according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:27-29); a reminder that the new gentile converts entering the church have the same rights and are heirs to the same promises as the Jewish Christians. However long someone has been distant from God, let him return to the Lord and he will find mercy with him.
My dear friend, God is never tired of asking “will you come and work in my vineyard”? Let us therefore make a decision to work for the Lord not worried about the reward but the privilege of being invited to work for God.
God does not owe you anything – you owe Him everything. Hence you cannot begrudge His generosity. You are thus warned against self complacency with your own discipleship and the temptation of setting limits for God.
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