25th Sunday In Ordinary Time Year A by Rev. Fr. Isaac A. Mensah
25th Sunday In Ordinary Time Year A
First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145
Second Reading: Phil 1:20-24.27
Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16
Theme: The God Of The Eleventh Hour
There are times we wish to question God why He seems to be silent on our case when we have prayed and sought His face. We are often disappointed and sometimes throw our hands in despair when things seem to delay for us. Indeed there are more questions than answers in this world. The more we ask the less we know and the more confuse we become. The readings of today’s liturgy attempt to suggest to us that the quest and search for answers in our world lies only with God.
Explanation of the Text
Our first reading taking from the Prophet Isaiah drives home forcefully the point that our ways and thoughts are not like that of God’s. We cannot think for God neither can we make suggestions for Him. Indeed God lives outside time and so we cannot give God timelines to our problems. As a matter of fact God doesn’t work with our timetable. The depth of divine mystery is incomprehensible and unfathomable. It is for this reason that we need to surrender and put our faith in Him who knows everything. The Psalmist will say that “a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night”( Psalm 90:4).
In our Gospel reading of today Jesus narrated a parable about a man who set out to look for labourers to work in his vineyard and he found workers at certain hours of the day; the third, sixth and the nineth hours and agreed to pay them a day’s wages. Interestingly just an hour that the workers were to close he sent forth another set of workers at the 11th hour to work in his vineyard. Those guys had already given up in life. They were just there lazing about. But the God who is the God of the eleventh hour intervened. The message is simple the 3rd, 6th and 9th hours are the hours for Jewish prayers and that explain the call of the Jews but the 11th hour signifies the call of the Gentiles. God is the God of everyone. Note that all the workers received same remuneration regardless of the time they began to work in the vineyard. We have one God and one reward. Never give up in your lonely and idle moments but wait on God because He has a time and season for everyone. He will never leave us unattended to.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how bad your year has been but in this eleventh hour God is able to come through for you and you will recover all that you have lost in the past months ravaged by Covid-19.
Never give up in every situation because we serve a God of the eleventh hour. He is able to turn every negative circumstance in our favour in a second.
St Paul believes in this fact and as a disciple of faith remained steadfast. This is what he recounts in our second reading of today. Remember God is not subject and confined to times and seasons. He is never too late and never too early. He comes at the perfect and right time.
The Bible says: ‘Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof’ (Ecclesiastes 7:8). It is the mercy factor in God’s agenda that turns failure into success, and raised up the poor out of the dust, and lifted up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory (1 Samuel 2:8).