Sunday 24 September 2017

b_300_300_16777215_00_images_stories_Alapitvany_Hirek_21765291_1504921266250153_1576366555269026065_n.jpgFather Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Twentyfifth Sunday of Ordinary time….Sunday of the Holy Scripture
I have one big problem with today’s gospel……
I have been “hoeing” willingly in the Lord’s vineyard since 1982, that is when I said “yes" to the call of the landowner in the gospel , but so far I have never felt that I was doing the work of a day-labourer !! It is so great to joyously serve the Lord if I would be forbidden from doing this , then I would be the one paying to keep on working in the Lord’s vineyard !!
For me it’s no trouble to get going with two hundred children and walk from Gyulafehérvár to Marosszentimre , so that there we remember in the  ancient church, spectacular even in its ruins, the heroic battle of Hunyadi János in 1442! It is no trouble warning mischief-maker children , encourage them to  be good , to hearten them , to see how the spark of hope gleams in the hazel eyes ! Believe me it’s no problem  to embark on a journey today, and tomorrow morning in Budapest, to declare my strong stand by the beauty of the large family , in a show , called “family friendly “, the decision about accepting life, the acceptance, taking in children fallen out of the “nest”! It does not count as work tomorrow evening to give a presentation to several hundred young people, upon the invitation of the 777-portal , to testify about the wonderful efforts in Christ’s vineyard !!
With the adamant conviction of many years I shout to the world ,that it is great to raise the flag of the great King , our Lord Jesus Christ high!For me in the Lord’s vineyard to "bear the day's burden and the heat.”, is dignity , proud joy and even if the" landowner “ would not give me  even “a single  denarius “even then I would glorify Him on my knees , for He lead me on the   wonderful beautiful , triumphant way of love, goodness!! I encourage you with all my heart  , my dear brothers and sisters dare to say “ es" from the bottom of your hearts to the call that is coming again and again, leave the fishing boats, the moneychanger’s table and come into the vineyard of the Lord because “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few!!”
With love,
Father Csaba
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: It’s good to be good !! Our big girl from Kászon with the puppy !
Jesus told his disciples this parable:
"The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. 
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage,
he sent them into his vineyard. 
Going out about nine o'clock,
the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard,
and I will give you what is just.'
So they went off. 
And he went out again around noon,
and around three o'clock, and did likewise. 
Going out about five o'clock,
the landowner found others standing around, and said to them,
'Why do you stand here idle all day?'
They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.'
He said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard.'
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,
'Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.'
When those who had started about five o'clock came,
each received the usual daily wage. 
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage. 
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
'These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day's burden and the heat.'
He said to one of them in reply,
'My friend, I am not cheating you. 
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 
Take what is yours and go. 
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? 
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? 
Are you envious because I am generous?'
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Matthew 20, 1-16a