In today’s first reading from the book of prophet Isaiah, the church exhorts us to seek the LORD while he may be found.
However, the truth is that we do not or cannot seek God. It is God, who seeks us. God allows himself to be found. The church touches upon the most sublime persona of God today, “Generosity”. Generosity that surpasses all human ways, thoughts and understanding.
Jesus sketches the generosity of God in the parable of the labourers in the vineyard and conveys to his hearers a challenging religious truth, making their world topsy-turvy. The truth is this: that no one ever deserves God’s love. God’s invitation is offered to all without strings and his acceptance of those who respond, whenever they decide to do so, is totally unmerited by their behaviour. This approach is totally alien to the whole idea of deserving or meriting a reward, an idea that encourages the attitude that serving the Lord is a laborious chore, which needs to be recompensed. On the contrary, what is central to the Good News is that it is an incredible gift and should be a joy to receive.
Today, the church invites us to celebrate and live the generosity of God in our daily lives. The second reading exhorts us to live our life worthy of the gospel of Christ, stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel. If we are able to rejoice in God’s grace for all, without comparisons and without envy, we live in shared joy and tender appreciation for everyone. We learn then what it means to celebrate the generosity of God.