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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 24, 2017

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SUNDAY, September 24      16 Pentecost

Matthew 20:13-16 But [the landowner] replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous? So the last will be first, and the first will be last.

Today’s gospel lesson forces us to ask ourselves about what it means to be generous and to closely examine the line between being just and being merciful. Jesus reminds us to be generous with those we labor alongside.

God chooses to bless us extravagantly, imprinting God’s image on the face of every human who has ever lived. Yes, such love may put us low on the totem pole—people will say we are crazy and worse. But for us to want anything more than to love our neighbor is to set ourselves up to think we are wiser than God.

God pushes us to go where we wouldn’t have gone, to sit at a table we would not have chosen for ourselves. What would happen if we dared to be as extravagantly generous as the landlord in the story, as merciful and loving as God, and not look down on or question the sanity of the generosity of our brothers and sisters?

MOVING FORWARD: Practice an act of radical generosity today, in word or deed.

PRAY for the Diocese of Southeast Florida

Ps 105:1-6, 37-45 and Exodus 16:2-15 –OR– Ps 145:1-8 and Jonah 3:10—4:11 | Philippians 1:21-30 |
Matthew 20:1-16

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