August 22, 2018 - Wednesday
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
“The last will be first and the first will be last.”
This statement appears confusing but what Jesus means here, is that He may call us to become His workers or shepherds at any stage of our lives. It maybe early or late in life, but the reward will be the same = eternal life (a full day’s pay).
He calls all of us to be co-Redeemers in His work. We have to work with urgency to bring in new souls; to be constantly vigilant in watching out for opportunities to teach, to counsel, to lead others from going astray, to lift their spirits, to bring to Confession or Reconciliation, and bring them back to the fold.
By our example, others will see Christ in us; see the joy in us. They will seek our company, ask our advice and prayers, may follow our lead in serving others.
We go to Mary, our Mother, and St. Joseph, the first teachers of Jesus, make good use of our time in serving others through the Church and as we go about our ordinary day’s activities with joy.