Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Congregation for the Clergy

10/3/2011 (4 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Everyone works in the Lord's vineyard.

The vineyard doesn't belong to the tenants.  The fundamental experience of human life consists in its irreducible gift!  No one is the master of life because no one is the author of life!  Life is a gift and, with it, the cosmos in which we live was also given to us. This universal experience, that is so evidently obscured in today's dominant culture that has a restricted idea of reason, is the horizon on which we live and work.  Everyone works in the Lord's vineyard.

We are all called to work in the Vineyard of the Lord

We are all called to work in the Vineyard of the Lord

Highlights

By Congregation for the Clergy

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/3/2011 (4 years ago)

Published in Vocations

Keywords: Vineyard, Clergy, Congregation for the Clergy, mission, missionary, vocation, call


ROME, Italy (Catholic Online) - We present the reflections of the Congregation for the Clergy which is sent for all members of the Clergy of the Catholic Church throughout the world as they reflect on the Sunday readings for the Holy Mass: Working in the Vineyard of the Lord 'The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his cherished plant.' (Is 5:7)  With these words the Prophet, Isaiah gives us the horizon upon which to interpret Jesus' parable.  He is the Son who was sent to gather the fruit by the Master of the Vineyard.  Some aspects of the parable appear to be of particular importance, especially for the present time. First of all, the vineyard doesn't belong to the tenants.  The fundamental experience of human life consists in its irreducible gift!  No one is the master of life because no one is the author of life!  Life is a gift and, with it, the cosmos in which we live was also given to us. This universal experience, that is so evidently obscured in today's dominant culture that has a restricted idea of reason, is the horizon on which we live and work.  Everyone works in the Lord's vineyard. 

We are men and women that live and work in a context that was given to us, of which we are able to take possession, yet inevitably, someday, it will be taken from us.  This emphasis doesn't sadden our lives but rather makes them much more fascinating, filled with significance and responsibility, as we are not orphans but live totally in relation to God's great plans for us. In order to constantly remind humanity of that reality, throughout history the Lord has chosen a people to be the light for all nations.  He has invited many prophets to bring that people, and also all humanity, back to a true relationship between man and the universe and between God and man. The greatest gift that the 'Master of the Vineyard' could give to the tenants, to lead them back to their duty to 'produce fruit', was to send His Own Son.  At this point the liar dramatically enters the parable and is able to make man believe that, by eliminating the Son of God, the ultimate closeness to the Mystery, they can become 'masters' of themselves and reality.  There has never been a greater lie insinuated in a man's heart! To eliminate God means to meet our own destruction, the loss of the centre and significance of our lives, to be dispossessed of the vineyard, no longer able to bear fruit.  The condition to continue to 'work in the Lord's vineyard,' to be participants in the works of the Kingdom, is that we must be able to bear fruit.  If, as single Christians we don't bear fruit and we don't humbly recognise that every fruit is derived from God's Grace, in which we freely cooperate, it automatically will exclude us from the vineyard. Mysteriously, the rejection and murder of the Son dilated the boundaries of the Kingdom, making them universal, which is catholic, by construction and vocation.  In fact all men are called to the Church! Thanks to this great plan, in which we are inserted without merit, we live the Apostles exhortation:  'Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.' (Phil 4:6) The Blessed Virgin Mary, that mystical Vineyard in which the most beautiful fruit in history grew, sustains us in our life's journey and helps us to yield the fruit that God expects from us. Citations of
Is 5,1-7:   www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/9abst5e.htm   
Ph 4,6-9:   www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/9adejfd.htm   
Mt 21,33-43:   www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/9btbsfu.htm 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Vocations

Nun's habit is 'a sign of the love of God and that this life is not all there is' Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

As Pope Francis' year dedicated to consecrated life ends, one nun shared her thoughts on the how her religious garb serves as a "visible sign" that God exists and loves every person. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News). - Though the official Year for Consecrated Life ... continue reading


Pope Francis' important message on the 'vocations crisis' at the end of the Year of Consecrated Life Watch

Image of Pope Francis speaks on the Year for Consecrated Life (AP).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis concluded the Year for Consecrated Life before a crowd of thousands in the Paul VI hall on Monday. During the conclusion, Pope Francis spoke of obedience, the importance of reaching out to Christians and non-Christians alike and concluded with talks of ... continue reading


Vocations on the rise: Two Capuchin Franciscan priests ordained in Abu Dhabi Watch

Image of Catholics in Southern Arabia last week gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia.

By Antonio Anup Gonsalves, CNA/EWTN News

Catholics in Southern Arabia last week gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CNA/EWTN News) - Fr. Darick Paul D'Souza and ... continue reading


What is the one tragic thing keeping graduates from their vocations? Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

New graduates have become so indebted to private banks, the government and other sources of money after borrowing enough to pay for their education. Now crippled in debt, many are turned away from the vocations they are called to as they are unable to pay their debts ... continue reading


Late-vocational priest shares story of entering the priesthood Watch

Image of Reverend Thomas Woodhouse answered the call to join the priesthood following years of gentle prodding.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Despite attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and joining the U.S. Marine Corps, Thomas Woodhouse was welcomed as a new priest at the Saint Patrick Church in Cumberland, MD despite his late answer to the call. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The journey ... continue reading


Orlando Bishop strikes amazing movement to inspire Hispanic Catholics into vocations Watch

Image of Orlando Bishop John Noonan presented a vocation workshop at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Bishop John Noonan spoke on the first of a two-day Hispanic vocations workshop sponsored by the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors at a Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York on October 29. Noonan spoke of the high number of Hispanics ... continue reading


'What about you?': Pope Francis' Philadelphia homily calls on religious to inspire vocations Watch

Image of Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

During Pope Francis' U.S. tour, he led mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Though each U.S. mass the pontiff held was touching, it was this homily that stood out among the others with a focus on the words "What about you?" LOS ... continue reading


Napa Institute: Where Leaders Turn for Formation

Image of (Napa Institute/Facebook)

By Caitlin Bootsma

Many of us benefit from the example and outreach of men and women who are leaders in our Catholic faith. These faithful servants help propel our knowledge and love of the Lord, be it through their witness, their virtue, the ministries they run or-in the case of ... continue reading


'You trust in the Lord, and you trust where he's leading you.' Want more religious vocations? Improve your family life, nun says

Image of

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

As the Church brings the needs of the family to the forefront with the upcoming Synod this fall, one Dominican sister says it is no surprise that Pope Francis should also dedicate this year to the consecrated life. Rome, Italy, May 18, 2015 / 02:51 pm (CNA/EWTN ... continue reading


CAPUCHIN FRANCISCAN FRIARS PROVINCE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

Image of

By Ambassadors of Christ

Much has been written about and many homilies have lamented the vocation crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States.  Religious Orders which used to have large classes of  novices each year now go for years without a new entrant. Dioceses which used ... continue reading


All Vocations News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:1-7, 9-13
1 Solomon then summoned the elders of Israel to Jerusalem to bring the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 132:6-7, 8-10
6 Listen, we heard of it in Ephrathah, we found it at ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 6:53-56
53 Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 8th, 2016 Image

St. Jerome Emiliani
February 8: Jerome Emiliani lay chained in the dark dirty ... Read More