An old adage asks – “Is the cup half empty or half full?” The question pushes us to consider the attitude with which we approach life and faith. Is our attitude positive or negative regarding the events/circumstances with which we are involved? This adage might be used for a summary of the readings for this weekend. What is our attitude about our faith?
In the gospel, the landowner invites people to be involved in the work of his vineyard. Throughout the day, more people are invited to be a part of the vineyard. When the day ends, he pays everyone the same wage because they were involved in the work of the vineyard. Those who worked longer begin to have a negative attitude; they worked longer so they expect to receive more pay. Perhaps initially they were happy that they had a job; however in being paid less, they now think their work has been valued less. As that attitude forms within them, they are less appreciative of the landowner. They start to see the landowner as stingy versus generous.
Does this happen with our faith? If God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers, do we think that God is less generous to us than others? If God doesn’t provide for us in the same manner as we see others receive, do we think that God is less generous to us? How often does a comparison with a co-worker or another volunteer lead us to think that we are doing more but paid or rewarded the same as the one who does less? Has God gifted us or is God being stingy? What is our attitude?
During the past couple of years, Stewardship Committee has asked us to reflect on a theme – “Receive with Gratitude, Give with Joy.” The purpose of this theme is to spark what the landowner asks – Are we generous with what we have? No matter how little we might think we have, can we be generous with what we have? No one is unable to contribute. Everyone can contribute to the extent that they are able. Everyone can make a difference. God has created us with an abundance; if our attitude is that we are lacking, what is possible?
So what might be true if the cup is half full?!?
Sharing news about the parish . . .
Thank you to all who have volunteered for our Faith Formation Program as catechists and aides. With good response, we are filling the necessary positions. We are still in need of those who are working with adults. Would anyone be willing to help with Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults?
Diocesan Annual Appeal – our goal is $99,193. Last weekend the DVD was shared so that we might understand the good work that is being accomplished with the monies given for this Appeal. I hope everyone found something for which to contribute. Please prayerfully consider what you are willing to support, fill out your pledge card and return it – your help will be much appreciated!
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!