Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 24, 2017:

God's GenerosityThis is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s readings highlight the abundance of God’s love and generosity. It’s a love that accepts us as we are and gifts us with a lavishness of grace that can draw us ever closer to God. They also challenge our sense of fairness, and remind us that God’s thoughts and ways are not always like ours. How are my ideas of fairness and justice “smaller” than God’s mercy? How is God inviting me to a spirit of generosity?

Desmond Tutu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sunday Readings:

  • Isaiah 55:6-9 – We are reminded that God is generous, forgiving and present to those who seek. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts.
  • Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a – Life in Christ is everything, Paul says. Therefore we should live in a way that reflects our belief that “for me to live is Christ.”
  • Matthew 20:1-16a – Are we jealous because God is generous? If the wage for the first workers is just, and the wage for later workers is generous beyond justice, what does that matter to us, since all of us are the workers who are “hired” at the end of the day, when God's generosity is most evident?

Of Note:

  • The next opportunity for Individual Reconciliation is Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel (2nd and 4th Saturdays).
  • Please find your Epiphany name tag and wear it when you come to weekend liturgy – help us know each other by name!
  • Mark your calendars now for upcoming trainings for communion ministers:
    • October 7, 2017, 9:00 AM: “RE-training”, ongoing formation for current ministers whose mandates are expiring.
    • November 4, 2017, 9:00 AM: Training for those newly interested in serving as communion ministers.