Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
September 28, 2014
From your Pastor,
We continue from last Sunday’s readings regarding God’s mercy and generosity. At first glance we are very much like what God tells the prophet Ezekiel to say: “You say, ‘the Lord’s way is not fair!’’ If we are not careful, we may keep that mode of thinking and, as it were, dig in our heels and try to “fight” God. At times we prefer a God who would give it to them, because that is what we prefer would happen. But our God is merciful and generous.
If we listen carefully to the reading from Ezekiel and the Gospel reading from today, we see both the mercy of God and the generosity of God. In both readings, God is asking them and us: “Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?”(Ez: 18: 25-26). Please read over very carefully the reading from Ezekiel and the Gospel from Matthew. Both readings give us much to reflect upon.
Jesus, in the Gospel, gives us a wonderful example of what he means, but I want to share with you another example that too often goes in one ear and out the other. Let us place ourselves back on Good Friday standing at the foot of the cross of Jesus and looking up at Him and the two thieves. The one we know as good and the other we know as bad. The good thief says to Jesus: “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answers him: “This day you will be with me in paradise.” In one sense it appears that the good thief was a thief to the end. He stole heaven at the last minute. If we think that, we are totally wrong. In that short dialogue we see the mercy and the generosity of God. Being a disciple of Jesus is not about earning heaven, “punching some heavenly time clock” - it is about believing.