Reflection for Wednesday, August 18, 2021: 20th Week of Ordinary Time.

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Rodriguez, Luis, S.J.
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2021-08-18
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|In recent gospel readings, like the feeding of the multitude with only five loaves and two fishes, we have seen a clear disproportion between what we can contribute and what God can do with our contribution. Today's reading presents us also with a disproportion, but this time it is between what we can do and the reward offered for what we do. In both situations there is no one-to-one correspondence and today the Lord is telling us that the reward will never be less than promised and that we do not have to earn strictly our recompense.|The problem on our side in accepting such disproportion seems to be to lie on a contract understanding of our relationship to God. In a contract, everything has to be clearly specified, if it is going to hold, and that is why contracts include a fair amount of small print to cover all foreseeable eventualities. But God is calling us to a covenant relationship based on a spirit, not on a legally binding agreement. The moment we start looking at who is doing more than who, as the vineyard workers did, we are back to contract, to one-to-one correspondence. God, the master of the vineyard, thinks covenant, while the workers think contract.|Jesus tells us: seek first the kingdom of God... within yourselves and let things flow from a covenant relationship. Never mind what others do or "how late they came to the vineyard."
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University Ministry, Creighton University.
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