Father Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for Monday, 9th Week in Ordinary Time
June 5, 2023, Mark 12:1-12
How Many Chances?
Our Heavenly Father is super providential. His heart can’t help but be generous to us before we ever deserve it. I had a couple of operations in the second and fourth years of seminary. I spent three months after both surgeries recuperating. That left six weeks before final exams.
Can you imagine how grateful I was when my fellow students took turns tutoring me to prepare for the exams? I passed every exam except church history and missed the passing grade by two points. God’s goodness was working in all those students. They were so excited when I passed.
However much we may realize God’s goodness to us in the many ways he blesses us, our human nature can easily forget His generosity. Did you notice how the owner in today’s gospel provided everything the stewards needed to do their work and cultivate a profitable product for him?
The owner had everything and needed nothing from his stewards; Blessed Antonio Rosmini wrote in the First Maxim of Christian Perfection, “Men (and women) who love God in the way laid down by the Gospel, with all their heart, and with all their soul, and with all their mind, cannot give anything to God, because God has all that is good.”
The vineyard owner kept giving his stewards opportunities to change and embrace his heart. His profit was their growth in His virtue, goodness, and generosity, in a word, to allow their hearts to become like their owners.
It Is a good practice to count our blessings at night when we examine our conscience. Thank the Lord for how he has blessed you, especially thank Him for the ones you didn’t notice during the day. Experience the gratitude in your heart to know and to be loved by our generous Father God.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC