Season of Creation – Sept. 1 – Oct. 4

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home. You are invited to download the Season of Creation prayer resource “Finding God in the Wilderness” in addition to the Sunday Gospel reflections for the month of September 2020.

Gospel – Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage,
he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o’clock,
the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard,
and I will give you what is just.’
So they went off.
And he went out again around noon,
and around three o’clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o’clock,
the landowner found others standing around, and said to them,
‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,
‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.’
When those who had started about five o’clock came,
each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
‘These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’
He said to one of them in reply,
‘My friend, I am not cheating you.
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Reflection on the Gospel

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

Hello. I am Matthew Mattia of the Ministry and Service Leadership Team. In this week’s Gospel, Jesus tells a story to His disciples of what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. Jesus compares His Kingdom to a landowner going out various times a day to hire workers, but the owner pays each worker a fair and equal amount regardless of the number of hours they worked. Jesus offers this parable to teach a lesson of generosity and selflessness to His disciples. When the landowner says, “Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last,” it highlights how Jesus wants His disciples and all of us to live our lives. Envy and greed are challenges all of us face each day. Taking time to be thankful and appreciative for the gifts we already have enables us to see the lives of others more clearly. With how fast every day moves within the Lasallian community, it is important to take a step back at times and offer help to others that may need it. Whether it is something as little as checking in on how someone is doing with school or volunteering to help with La Salle’s up and upcoming service opportunities every part counts in helping put the last first. With the chaotic events the world has recently presented upon us, it can be easy to lose sight of this idea. Having a balance of taking care of yourself as well as making sure you are there for others is essential in getting through the worst of times. We need to work together as a Lasallian community to push for social change, ensuring those who are not forgotten in God’s kingdom to be first as a response to this week’s Gospel message.

Matthew Mattia

Senior – La Salle College High School

Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.