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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

If the Lord granted your greatest wish right now, would it affect your life positively or negatively? - Daily Bible Reflections August 17, 2016


FAIR SHARE
 
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… – Matthew 20:10-11
 
       I am always for fairness and equality. After all, we were taught that hard work earns good rewards. If I study hard, I get good grades in school. If I work diligently on the job, I get a raise or a promotion. So on and so forth.
       When I started serving the Lord, many wonderful blessings that I did not ask for came my way. I was truly grateful for them, but the things I desired the most and endlessly prayed for were landing on other people’s laps. So you can imagine how I grumbled, much like the first laborers in today’s parable. “What about me? I’ve served You longer. Shouldn’t I have gotten by now what I’ve been asking for?”
       But I have learned that God’s fairness is not measured by our deeds — or misdeeds. That His blessings are available to all. That He will not grant them if they are not going to do us good.
       As I turn a year older today, I thank God that He did not grant all that I desired.
       Instead, He gave me more than my fair share — all that is best for me. Nova A. Sevilla (nova.svp@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: If the Lord granted your greatest wish right now, would it affect your life positively or negatively?
 
You know me more than I do, Lord Jesus. Teach me to embrace every blessing that You have justly picked out for me. Amen.
 
St. Joan of the Cross, pray for us.

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