CAROLINE CHURCH IN-PERSON SERVICES SCHEDULE
Saturday 5pm – Evening Prayer
Sunday 8am– Morning Prayer
Sunday 9:30am- Morning Prayer with music
Thursday 12pm – Healing Holy Eucharist Service
Sunday, September 20th, 2020
Good morning my dear friends,
On this bright, sunny and chilly Fall-like morning, I find myself marveling at the message in today's Gospel. Jesus
liked to use parables to get his point across to his followers and some of those parables probably felt more like riddles.
At first blush, this Gospel could be considered more of a riddle, especially when the sacred author speaks about God's ways being different from ours.
Of course God's ways are different because after all, God is God!
We are simply humans doing our best to live our lives in a manner that will be pleasing to God. But there is so much more to it than that.
In this parable, God is depicted as the landowner who has a vineyard that requires tending, and the workers who toil in the vineyard are all of us.
Some work all day, while some work in that vineyard for a very short period of time, yet the landowner is equally generous to all. We may think to ourselves, well, that's
not especially fair is it, to compensate everyone equally when not everyone has expended the same amount of effort? I think that's a very human response, and that, dear friends,
is where our ways differ from God's, and we are challenged to become more like God in the way we look at things.
As we see in the conclusion of the parable, the landowner not only pays everyone equally, but he asks a very poignant question of those who question his generosity; am I not allowed to do as
I please with my belongings? Or are you jealous because I am generous with what I have?
Food for thought for this week: can we accept the generosity and endless love of our God as He pours it out on all of us, or are we focused more on whether
someone else is getting more than we are?
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16th Sunday After Pentecost, September 20th, 2020
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16th Sunday After Pentecost Bulletin, September 20th, 2020