October 4: Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Posted by Campus Ministry on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM PDT
It’s the night before school, and I have a math times tables test at the end of the week. My parents have already tucked me in and said goodnight, and the lights are off. I wait for ten or fifteen minutes as a buffer, and then I sneakily take out my Nintendo DS with Pokémon Pearl and start playing, under the covers, with the DS screen as my only light source.
Bam! My mom bursts into the room and busts down the door, saying “I KNEW IT!” She had caught me red-handed before I could pretend to be sleeping.
I ended up being grounded from my video games for a week.
In moments like this, when I would complain to my parents and ask for a good reason why they would ground me, their response was always the same: “It might not make sense, Skyler, but you’ll understand that this is good for you when you get older. Trust us.” I never understood it back then—why couldn’t they just tell me not to do it, and not ground me?
I ended up getting an A on my math test.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that these times of discipline have added up to help me be who I am today. I still love my video games, but because of what my parents ingrained in me at an early age, I am able to find balance with my work and play. I can prioritize an upcoming exam, or finish my homework before the deadlines roll up.
In today’s Gospel, the landowner cultivated a vineyard that grew to be very successful and leased it to some tenants, who nurtured it in his stead. However, when the landowner requested the time, talent, and treasure (the vineyard) that the tenants watched over, they savagely refused to the point of killing the landowner’s own son.
God asks us to trust Him. We need to remember that a relationship with God is not a one-way street. We cannot always take and take—there are times when He kindly requests our time, talent, or treasure. Like my own experience with my parents, there may even be times when God asks us to do things that we might not understand. While it may not make sense to us at the time, and it may even seem extremely unfavorable for us, we are invited to remember that God loves us and always has the best intentions for us. God has the best in mind for us, so if we follow His will, though we may not realize it now, it will surely lead to good things in life—whether in this one or in the next.
Have you opened your mind to what God asks of you, even though it may seem challenging?
~ Sky Verzosa, B.S. in Biology, Class of 2022