Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday of the Twentienth Week in Ordinary Time

Pope St Pius X (1835-1914)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 64:7-22
Mass: Judges 9:6-15; Resp Ps 21; Mt 20:1-16

Lord, in your strength, the king is glad. 

The scene in today's Gospel: Some workers are grumbling because all the workers received the same wage, regardless of how many hours each one worked. The landowner's response with question, "Are you envious because I am generous?", takes me to the Holy Rule and Benedict's Ch 34, "Distribution of Goods According to Need."

It is written: Distribution was made to each one as he had need (Acts 4:35). By this we do not imply that there should be favoritism-God forbid-but rather consideration for weaknesses. Whoever needs less should thank God and not be distressed, but whoever needs more should feel humble because of his weakness, not self-important because of the kindness shown to him. In this way all members will be at peace. First and foremost, there must be no word or sign of evil of grumbling, no manifestation of it for any reason at all.
(RB 34:106)


Today's photo: flower courtesy of friends on Maui celebrating their wedding anniversary. 

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