"In verbo veritatis" (2 Cor 6:7)

April 12, 2019

Giving and not losing

Filed under: Lent with St. Augustine — Tags: , , , — komonchak @ 8:40 am

Augustine commented often on the goods that are not diminished when they are shared. We could think of the spontaneity with which we might, on seeing something beautiful, exclaim to others, “Look! How beautiful!”–and our delight is even increased when it is shared. I once visited the Taj Mahal all alone, and yearned for someone with whom to share the extraordinary experience.

There are things that do not decrease when they are given away, and when they are possessed and not given away, they are not possessed in the way they should be. The Lord said, “To the one who has more will be given” (Mt 13:12). He will give to those who have, then, and if they use with generosity what they have received, he will fill them and heap up what he has given. There were only five or seven loaves before they began to be given to the hungry; but when that began to happen, the disciples filled bushels enough to satisfy thousands of people. (De doctrina christiana, I, 1; PL 34, 20)

September 20, 2014

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

25th Sunday of the Year – September 24, 1972 – St. Elizabeth’s, Manhattan

The parable told by Jesus in today’s Gospel, although it is familiar to us, is one we find it difficult to be comfortable with. I think normally we find ourselves sympathizing with the man who had worked all day, only to find another, who had worked only an hour, receive the same pay as he. That we are so moved is good, because it means we are involved in the story, and that, therefore, Jesus’ words to the man are also addressed to us.

The parable is a figure of our life before God. He is the owner of the estate, we are the workers, and the reward of the day’s wages is eternal life. We are not supposed to look for allegorical meanings in each of the different times the owner goes out recruiting workers, nor, even more, are we to read it in the light of death-bed conversions, although some of the resentment we may be tempted to on such an occasion reveals a good deal about the secret joys of our hearts. The point of the parable lies in the concluding dialogue, in the contrasting attitudes of the owner and the all-day worker. (more…)

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