“What is to be gained by killing our brother and concealing his blood? Rather, let us sell him to these Ishmaelites, instead of doing away with him ourselves. After all, he is our brother, our own flesh.”

How nice of the brothers!  Let’s not kill our own flesh, our brother, rather let’s sell him into slavery.  With friends – brothers – like that, who needs enemies?

Today, I am going to ride on the coat tails of Bishop Barron.  I have a morning meeting that I’m in charge of providing breakfast, so I need to go wake up my wife and have her scramble eggs and fix pancakes for about 60 people.  I’m joking friends.  I would not do that to her this early in the morning…I only need the pancakes.

Bishop Barron’s reflection for today…

 

Friends, just before his Passion, Jesus tells the striking story that is our Gospel for today. The fertile vineyard stands for Israel, his chosen people. But it could be broadened out to include the world. What do we learn from this beautiful image? That God has made for his people a place where they can find rest, enjoyment, good work.

We—Israel, the Church, the world—are not the owners of this vineyard; we are tenants. One of the most fundamental spiritual mistakes we can make is to think that we own the world. We are tenants, entrusted with the responsibility of caring for it, but everything that we have and are is on loan. Our lives are not about us.

Christ is God’s judgment. We are all under his judgment. In the measure that we kill him, refuse to listen to him, we place our tenancy in jeopardy. And so the great question that arises from this reading: “How am I using the gifts that God gave me for God’s purposes? My money? My time? My talents? My creativity? My relationships?” All is for God, and thus all is under God’s judgment.

Reflect: How are you using the gifts that God gave you for God’s purposes? 

 

 

Do something great for our Lord today – volunteer at a local fish fry!!

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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