Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 22, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our new book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the Rev.
Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Gospel and Dr. Bochonok's meditation.
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We will find ourselves in today's parable. Perhaps
we are among the laborers who toiled in backbreaking
work throughout the relentless heat of the very long
day. If so, we are probably those who grumbled and
bitterly resented those who experienced the generosity
of the landowner. Others might find themselves
rejoicing for those unsuspecting day laborers who
found such surprising good fortune. They had arrived
late, worked the fewest hours, and expected a much
smaller salary than they received. As they gazed
incredulously at the money in their hands, they
realized they had been paid for a full day's wage.
These day workers were jubilant. All received an
honest day's wage regardless of hours actually worked.
The workers varied in their response to the landowner's
generosity with every conceivable emotion ranging from
dismay and consternation, to gratitude and delight, to
jealousy and anger depending on how long they had toiled.
But how does this parable affect us in the twenty-first
century? This story often comes as a surprise for many
who either believe they must earn their salvation, or
who have been living under the fear that God is miserly.
It can also be uncomfortable for faithful people who
have sacrificially and devotedly toiled for God in
obscurity, hardship, and through the tedium of long-term
committed service. By reading this parable, countless
generations of seekers, skeptics, doubters, and spiritual
pilgrims from all walks of life have found God to be
generous beyond their wildest imaginings.
God's ways certainly are not ours. Someday the least
and the last will be first in the realm of God. Because
God is generous to saint and sinner alike, we can be
greatly encouraged. It is never too late to approach
God for mercy and enter the realm of God. Divine
generosity is abundantly lavished on the least
deserving, eleventh hour, repentant reprobates and
prodigals without measure or miserliness. This is a
great gift if we will freely receive it. So enjoy the
generosity of God today. Always remember God's heart
is bigger than ours. God is charitable and kind,
characterized by open-handedness and large heartedness
for saints and sinners.
God, thank you for being so generous to saints and
sinners alike. We bless you for your mercy and kindness.
May we always remember this parable when we feel
bitterness and resentment, dismay and consternation
when those we feel are less deserving approach you
for mercy and entry into your realm. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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