Today’s readings are all about the sense of justice and the extravagant grace of a merciful God.
While God is both just and merciful, God’s mercy often overrides His justice and, hence, God
pardons us unconditionally and rewards us generously by opening Heaven for the Gentiles and the Jews.
Scripture lessons: In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah reminds the exiles in Babylon that their
God is more merciful than they are, and more forgiving. He is ready to pardon their infidelity
which has resulted in their exile. Their merciful God will bless them with material and spiritual
blessings. Hence, Isaiah exhorts them, and us, to seek the Lord and to put aside evil ways in
order to receive mercy and forgiveness from God. Today’s responsorial psalm reminds us that,
although “the Lord is just in all His ways,” He is at the same time gracious “and merciful.” In the
second reading, Paul offers himself as an example of total submission to God’s grace and
God’s will. He is ready to live continuing his mission if that is God’s will. At the same time he is
ready to die and join the Lord if that is God’s will. In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us the strange
parable of a landowner who hired laborers at five different times during the course of one day to
work in his vineyard but paid the same living wage for a full day’s work to all of them. This story
of the landlord's love and generosity represents God’s love and generosity. It illustrates the difference
between God's perspective and ours. God's provisions for our spiritual lives will never
run out, and when we share our blessings with others, we tap into the inexhaustible Divine supply.
This story tells us how God looks at us, sees our needs and meets those needs generously
and mercifully. The parable also shows the mercy and generosity of God in allowing the latercalled
Gentiles as well the first-called Jews or the Chosen people to enjoy the same eternal joy
of His Heavenly Kingdom.
Life messages: (1) We need to follow God’s example and show grace to our neighbor. When
someone else is more successful than we are, let us assume he or she needs it. When someone
who does wrong fails to get caught,
let us remember the many times we have done wrong and gotten off free. Envy should have
no place in our lives. We cannot control the way God blesses others.
(2) We need to express our gratitude to God in our daily lives. God personally calls each of us
to our own ministry and shows us His care by giving us His grace and eternal salvation. To
God, we are more than just numbers on a payroll. Our call to God’s vineyard is a free gift from
God for which we can never be sufficiently thankful. All our talents and blessings are freely
given to us by God. Hence, we should express our gratitude to God by avoiding sins, by rendering
loving service to others, by sharing our blessings with the needy and by constant
prayer, listening and talking to God at all times.
We the members of St. Anthony of Padua, High Ridge, MO pledge participation in the mission of the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit & the directives of the Archdiocese we commit ourselves to the service of God and neighbor. We are called to be a prayerful people. We are challenged to be peaceful, caring, and nurturing to all we encounter. We are responsible for growing in the ways of the Lord, modeling Catholic Christian behavior to everyone-especially the youth, and proclaiming our beliefs to all around us. We are enjoined to foster community, to rejoice and honor one another's gifts, and to support our parish. We are tasked, as a people of God to build the Kingdom of God here on earth in all things we think, do, and say. All for the glory of His name.