Sunday Gospel Reflection- 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Scripture passages from both the Prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew are about ingratitude.

Like the vineyard owners in the readings, God has treated us as “his cherished plant,” lavishing on us his constant, generous and loving care. He gives our life, good health, parents to take care of us, gifts of intelligence and talents, gifts of time and treasure; opportunities to grow as persons and as Christians, people who love and take care of us and many more. But in our materialistic, secularized culture, how many of us even notice our multitude of everyday blessings, let alone acknowledge them as the gifts from God that they are? And how many of us give appropriate thanks? What would it take to get us to pay attention? Or to humble ourselves and give thanks?

Fortunately, Jesus has left us with a charge to celebrate a banquet of thanks and praise in the Eucharist. We gather together, Sunday after Sunday, to be reminded in word and sacrament just how blessed and cared for we are. United with and supported by one another, we remember the truth about God, about Jesus, about the Good News. And as we ought to do, we give thanks — and we are then fed with the living body and blood of Christ. When the Mass ends, we are sent forth as members of the Body of Christ to be messengers as well as instruments of God’s caring for others.

If we do these things, we can live in trust and in hope. As Paul reminds us, in the second reading, we must “have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, [we can] make [our] requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard [our] hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” 

By:  Deacon Romeo Ganibe