Becoming Beautiful Grapes: Homily for Sunday, October 8, 2017

Readings for Today

My aunt and uncle had a vineyard behind their house.  It was not very big, but it produced tasty grapes.  I really liked them.  And while my childhood memory may not be great, I do not remember sour grapes. To be clear, there was care for the grapes that I did not see.  They required care.  They needed to be tended to in order to be tasty.

I cannot imagine what would have happened if in spite of the hard work there were no grapes to be had.  Or, worse, if despite hard work the grapes were sour. And yet that is what we hear in the readings.  Despite the loving self-gift of Jesus to save us, we do not always bear good fruit. We turn away.  We disrupt. And sometimes even, we kill.  The call today is to be the disciple that does not disrupt, but bears fruit.

Homily for Sunday, September 28, 2014

Readings for Today

“It’s not fair!” This is one of the first phrases that a kid learns. While initially the phrase gets used whenever small children do not get their own way, eventually the perception of fairness becomes the important concept. In fact, it stays with us throughout our lives.

But what does it mean to be fair? When is something fair? Trying to develop the criteria of what it means for something to be fair is not always easy. For example, it might seem reasonable that something is fair when everyone is treated the same way. But in our human relationships we really do not treat everyone the same way. I do not think parents treat their children the same way, for instance. I know that teachers do not treat everyone the same way.

We rightly consider the circumstance when deciding what is fair. Age is considered a factor when we decide how to deal with children. We do not hold a four year old to the same standards as a fifteen year old, much to the consternation of all children who have been told that more is expected from them because they are older. (Yes, I still have oldest child issues.)

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