Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/17

Impulse: Friend, I am doing you no wrong!


20th Week of Ordinary Time

Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

Friend, I am doing you no wrong! (Verse 13)


“We bore the day’s burden and the heat“. That was the complaint of those who worked from that first hour on.  They felt cheated.  Their life was not an easy one.  Maybe they imagined that everything would be much easier. They bore a heavy cross.  Things happened much differently from what they had imagined at the beginning. They were willing to follow Him, to serve Him.  They left everything behind for him, they gave Him their lives.  And now?  To be honest, they are disappointed.  They were hoping for higher wages. But the landowner says:


Friend, I am doing you no wrong!

Isn’t it the same for us?  Don’t we feel that God treats us unfairly sometimes?  Don’t we expect a bigger reward for what we offer up, for all this hard work?  We turned away from the world to follow Jesus.  Did we not imagine things to be much easier?  Don’t we feel that God turns away from us sometimes?  Does it not seem that God is helping others, but leaves us hanging?  Is it possible that feelings of jealousy surface at time?  Why is it that things are possible for others that never seem to work out for us?  Why are others healthy and I am sick?  And this even though I trusted God completely and have done everything for Him!



Friend, I am doing you no wrong!


Maybe it is jealousy in our heart when we think this way.  After all, it is one of the seven deadly sins, which can be rooted deep in our heart.  Jesus speaks to this directly: “Or are you envious?” (Verse 15)  Let’s look to Jesus!  He gave everything.  He loved us to the last moment.  He died on the Cross in great pain.  He received no reward for giving His life.  He was completely alone.  He cried:”My God why have you forsaken me?”   When we feel that God is “treating us unfairly”, when we feel like we have missed God’s help and intervention in our lives, God places us very near the crucified Jesus. Then our life becomes similar to Jesus’ life. “Where I am, there will my servant be also” (John 12:26).  Don’t I want to be there, really close to him?

Friend, I am doing you no wrong!


Here is a tip for today:  Let’s make a list in our journal of all those times that we feel that we have been treated unfairly by God.  Then let’s take our feelings and our thoughts into our prayer!





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