Sunday's Scripture selection reminds us that our ways aren't God's ways
by Sister Rose Jochmann
I find this line for Sunday's First Reading from the prophet Isaiah very consoling: "Seek the Lord while he may be found, call Him while he is near.” God is near to us at all times. We are called to recognize God with us.
There's another passage that catches my eye: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.” It helps me understand Sunday's Gospel from St. Matthew. In the Gospel, laborers who worked all day in the vineyard agreed to the usual daily wage. Laborers were hired mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon and at the final hour of the workday. All the laborers received the same wage. Of course, those who worked all day expected to receive more, but they were promised the usual daily wage. My reaction is, “That is not fair!”
As I reflect, the lesson for me is that God does not measure the way we measure. The Gospel concludes with this message, “Are you envious because I am generous?” Going back to that line from Isaiah, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways my ways, says the Lord,” God does not look at things the way we do. Let us step back, look at our own lives and be grateful for all that we have received -- no comparing with what others have received! God is generous to each one of us. Let us take a moment today to count our blessings!