Appleton, WI

Sep 27 Homily Connect: Sharing Our God Given Gifts

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 27, 2020

EZ 18:25-28, PHIL 2:1-11, 27A, MT 21:28-32


A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go.
Which of the two did his father’s will?”

Remembering Last Week-It Ain’t Fair

  • Why do others seem to get more or all the breaks?
  • Last week workers complained because they worked more but others were paid the same.

I Wonder…

  • If God is saying “That it’s not fair that I give you skills, talents and abilities and wait to see if you will use them to help bring others to my Son, Jesus.”
  • I wonder if He says it’s not fair to judge others by their outside, the color of their skin, their ethnic background, gender, etc. before getting to know them on the inside.

Our Vision-Not always 20/20

  • My recent eye exam, my cataracts, made me think.
  • As disciples, do we see others with our imperfect eyes or with our hearts?
  • Do I have cataracts of the heart?

A Story of World War II and a Little Jewish Boy

  • Christian Discipleship-Saying “no”, seeing the truth and doing the opposite
  • How is our vision in responding to the needs of our brothers and sisters?

Let Us Pray

  • That our hearts will not be blurred by cataracts.
  • That we are willing to share Jesus through our actions.
  • That we will use our God given gifts in our community, neighborhoods and parish.
  • That we will actively step out to support our new Beacon Ministries so they can experience and love Jesus.

Questions for Reflection

  • What impacted you from today’s Readings and/or homily?
  • Have you ever said “yes” to something and then did not do it or said “no” and then responded?  What was that like?
  • Do you have cataracts of the heart on certain issues?
  • In what ways do you use your God given gifts to bring others to Jesus?

Live Connected

  • Take a personal vision inventory. Name those things for which you feel you need eye surgery.  Pray for Jesus’ assistance. Also, ask God for direction in leading you to your best spot to use your gifts and talents.