#MyMassTakeaway the dignity of work

Today’s the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 24, 2017

My takeaway:

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Several thoughts came to mind during this weekend'a readings. But, the biggest thought I had centered on the Gospel Reading from Matthew 20:1-16. In the Gospel we hear about the laborers who work a full day, only to see their counterparts who worked for about an hour (my interpretation) receive the same amount of pay as the full day laborers. And, understandably, the full-day workers get a little upset. . . . What struck me, though, was how applicable this is to our eternal reward, and our goal of entrance into heaven! God reveals Himself to each of us on His own time, and how easily it could be for me to be wounded if I felt another, "newer" Christian jumped the line to what I felt was my birthright – my heritage. . . . And, yet, what does Christ say about the last being first? That *the last shall be first* to enter the Kingdom of heaven! Go back to the beatitudes, folks – those who struggle, those who mourn, those who face obstacles will find themselves richly, and timely, rewarded when it comes to the end of our earthly lives! . . . So, if you are like me, and sometimes struggle with wondering how someone else appears to deserve something you felt entitled to, I'm here to say you're normal for feeling that way. But, I'm also here to challenge you – to recognize the gift you have been given in waiting for God to reveal His plan for you. If He has revealed Himself, and His reward to another person first, it doesn't mean you will receive the shaft. His love is plenty big enough to go around! . . . Isaiah 55:8 sums it up perfectly, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord." He will not abandon us, and He has great plans for each and every one of us. . . . Be patient for His goodness to unfurl. . . . #mysundaybest w/ @rosiehill425 #mymasstakeaway w/ @tojesussincerely #inspiration #catholicblogger #catholicsofinstagram #beautifulcamouflage #gospelmessage #firstreading #proudcatholic

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#MyMassTakeaway for Sunday ended up in my journal because it was so cool, both the bible readings and the homily. The reading from Isaiah 55: 6-9 teaches so much and it's a good to go verse for when things in life don't make too much sense: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. And so the Gospel reading from Matthew 20:1-16 shows us that our ways are not His ways in The story of The landowner who hires workers to help him in his vineyard. The #homily goes something like this: Think about what Jesus is proposing, His "business plan": equal pay for unequal work. His ways just don't make sense! BUT we learn from Isaiah that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts above our thoughts. In our perspective it is not just, but we are missing the point. God's generosity is RADICAL, too radical for us to understand. He is generous beyond comprehension to ALL of us. Sometimes all we have to do is REMEMBER His blessings in the past or even a few hours ago and be grateful and mirror His generosity. If you still struggle, bring it up in prayer to Christ, he will help. At Mass we are informed of God's generosity and then see it in the Holy Eucharist – His unimaginable generosity. Mirror his generosity, be grateful because He gives generously to all. . The first journal is what I take to mass for notes. In the second one I elaborate at home and write down in a legible way my notes 🙂 Have a great week everyone! . . #biblejournaling #faith #faithjournal #art #ingridblixt #TB2G #thewordofgod #drawclosertogod #lovegod #godinspired #openjourney #religiousart #christianart #sermon #homily #generosity #matthew20 #radical #hisway #trust #jesus #catholic #catholicartist

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