Do you think that the seminarian wasted his time learning more about our Blessed Lord?
My Dear Sisters and Brothers! The parable told us by Jesus today shows how badly people were treating those whom God was sending to them, how badly they treated his servants – the prophets and even his Son. We may think: Poor prophets. All they got for their mission was mockery or death. Jesus himself got both of them: mockery and death. Do you think that their life was wasted?
There is no waste when a person gives his life to Jesus, when the person becomes a sign in the midst of others telling that God loves his people.
A few days ago we honored our Guardian Angels. I suspect that some of us think of the angels in the same way I and my folks were thinking of Asian people when I was growing up in Poland. We thought that they all were Chinese. Some Catholics think that all those pure spirits in heaven are angels. But they are not. Only those spirits who are chosen by God to look after people or those who communicate some important message like Gabriel can be called angels. What on earth would inspire them to leave the beautiful heaven and come to this polluted planet? They love God so much that God’s love for the people becomes their love too. They share God’s passion for the people.
What makes people friends? They share same interests or the same hobby. What is God’s interest or his hobby, if we could use this expression? God is interested in saving us. His hobby is all about his love for us. This hobby God doesn’t share only with his angels but he also shares it with some people, like prophets. They came to know God so well that God’s love for his chosen people became theirs. Our first reading for this Mass comes from one of those close friends of God – Prophet Isaiah. He says: “Let me sing to my friend the song of his love for his vineyard. And to make sure that it is all clear he explains whom he means by his friend and by the vineyard: “The vineyard of the Lord of Hosts is the House of Israel.” His friend his the Lord of Hosts and the vineyard is the People God chose as his own. He loved God so much that he loved the people in the way God loves them.
I am not sure if you ever worked in a vineyard? It is a very demanding job. It needs to be regular and done with patience. That’s how God works on us, his vineyard, his Church. He not only shares his hobby, his passion for the Church with his angels but he also shares this hobby of his with you and me.
Is faith waste of time? It could be if it didn’t lead us to share God’s passion for his Church.