Sunday, October 12, 2008

God's kingdom

28th Sunday in ordinary time
Cycle A

It seems that we're giving the kingdom of God a hard competition with our own "kingdoms". I am referring to the the small worlds that we have created for ourselves - our own home, our jobs, our families, our lives. We are filled with our kingdoms that we don't have any time to dedicate ourselves at the service of God's kingdom.

The kingdom of God cannot be compared with our kingdoms. But let us give more time and priority to God's kingdom rather than our own. For one thing, in our own kingdoms, only us survive; but in God's kingdom, everyone survives; everyone lives. Secondly, our kingdoms do not reach up to heaven after our lives here on earth end; but God's kingdom continues till eternity.

We need to invest in the kingship of God; further delaying it will make matters worse for everyone as we're already experiencing today - a world where people turned selfish, greedy, and self-service. Only God's kingship can help us open our worlds to real progress - through generosity and love.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

The world is a vineyard

27th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle A
Gospel reading: MATTHEW 21 : 33 - 43 ( NRSV )
Photo courtesy of Green Catholic

The world is a vineyard. We are the workers while the Lord is the owner. The owner went on a journey, now he is coming back to ask for his share. But the workers become violent and do harm to the messengers of the owner. They even kill the son of the owner. The owner becomes indignant and slaughters the bad workers. He also entrusts the vineyard to the responsible ones.

What have we done with the Lord's world? Have we been good stewards of his creation? Have we done what we are supposed to do in this world? To be good stewards simply means to recognize that everything in this world is not ours to keep, hold, possess. Everything belongs to God. Secondly, to be good stewards means to ask the Owner what we are going to use these gifts for. We should not have ready-made answers. Everything should be for His disposal. Finally, to be good stewards means for us to be "fruitful and multiply", both referring to the human family and to take care of resources so everyone will have an abundance of food and blessings. Thus, any mode to thwart population or to consider the next generation of children "a burden" is definitely mute and academic. We should do our part because that is the very reason of our existence. In taking care of God's creation, we are fulfilling our basic vocation - to love, adore, and serve our God.