19 Aug 2015
The laborers who started first thing in the morning didn’t like it that God gave the same wages to everybody. They moaned and complained to God about it. To which God said, in effect: “This is how I work. Stop complaining and be grateful for what you have.”
There are many of our fellow Catholics who come to Mass and they don’t like this priest, or don’t like that musician. Or over there at that other parish, they get Mass done in 55 minutes . . . what’s wrong with us that we can’t get done that fast. They moan and complain to God about it. To which God says, “This is what I have given you. Stop complaining and be grateful for what you have.”
We are not here to be consumers of the Mass. We’re not here to consume this priest or that priest; we’re not here to be consumers of this musical style or that musical group. We’re here to be consumed by the Mass. We may think when we come up to Communion, that we’re consuming God. But we have it precisely backwards. In Communion, God consumes us.
God draws us to himself and brings us right into his Sacred Heart—if we’re not already preoccupied with judging this person or that person, this parish or that parish. To all of us, God says: “Stop complaining and be grateful for what you have."
And what we have here is God. Or, rather, God has us. Be grateful that God has called us to himself, to worship him and to be loved by him. Be grateful. And let that gratitude consume you.