Seniors’ Mass, August 2019

“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? Am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?”
For many years of my life I understood religion to be a sort of bargain between me and God. I would try to keep his commandments and he would pay me the usual salary – a place in heaven.
I now know that the above is a totally wrong understanding of religion and of God.
I was created by God in God’s own image and likeness. I share God’s genes, God’s nature. I am made in such a way that I will only find fulfilment, pease of heart and of spirit by living like God. Religion is understanding this and striving to live in this way. Whether there is a heaven or not is irrelevant to this. If God announcer this evening that unfortunately heaven was full up and there was no room for us, nevertheless the best way for me to live will still remain the same.
We are all guilty to some extent of the same attitude of the workers who came first. Everything we have and are is a free gift from God. Yet we keep comparing our lot with that of others. Why can I not be like him or her I complain.
What I am and have been given by my God is totally unique. I try to live like my God while living with, while using, while burdened with, while blessed with what I am and have or have not.
That is religion. That is the best and the happiest and the most fulfilling way to live – all the time being grateful to my God for what I am and have.