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God gives us far more than we have earned, far more than we deserve.


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Today's Reading
Matt. 20:1-16

This parable about the workers in the vineyard could also be called the parable of the benevolent landowner. It teaches us that our relationship with God is not the ordinary relationship of employee and employer. It is not a relationship in which God pays us exactly and exclusively what we have earned or what we have deserved.

God gives us far more than we have earned, far more than we deserve. God is the God of generosity, not the God of strict and equal justice.

We don’t deserve grace or the Eucharist or the Scriptures or membership in the Church. It’s all gift, all an expression of God’s generosity.

This parable invites us to be mindful of the benevolence of God, and to be grateful.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk,  the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974 and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. The archbishop’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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