25th Sunday Ordinary Time Essay

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Dominic RussoMr. LaceJunior Theology CP4 May 201425th Sunday of Ordinary TimeAccording to the Pontifical Biblical Commission's Document, The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church:"The historical-critical method is the indispensable method for the scientific study of the meaning of ancient texts. Holy Scripture, inasmuch as it is the "word of God in human language," has been composed by human authors in all its various parts and in all the sources that lie behind them. Because of this, its proper understanding not only admits the use of this method but actually requires it."This quote from The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church is saying that it is not suggested to use the ...view middle of the document...

Matthew 20:1-16A is a story about Jesus telling his disciples a parable. In this parable Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a landowner looking for workers, he said:"The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard." (Mt.20:1)In comparing the kingdom of heaven to a landowner who went out to hire workers, Jesus says that the landowner went out at dawn, at nine, and at five. At dawn he hires some people for the usual daily wage. At nine he sees more people and hires them for the usual daily wage. At five he asks why the people are standing there, they say that nobody has hired them yet. So he then proceeds to hire them for the usual daily wage. When the evening comes the landowner tells his foreman to summon the laborers and pay them beginning with the last and ending with the first. When the first laborers came to get their pay, they expected to get paid a little more than the laborers who had only been working for a few hours. When they received the same pay as the others, they became mad at the landowner. The landowner in response said: "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?[Or] am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?'" (Mt.20:13-15)He is saying to the laborers that he did not cheat them because they agreed to work for the usual daily wage. He is saying to them that they cannot blame him for being generous. What Jesus' message might have been is that when a person makes an agreement with another person, that person cannot expect to get more then what was originally agreed on. This ties in to the parable because the laborers wanted more than what was agreed on. Also the message of this story might have been that you cannot blame as person for their generousness.Philippians 1:20C-24,27A was most likely written in Greek. The writer of the letters to the Philippians, Paul, was born in a city where the main language was Greek. According to oxfordbiblicalstudies.com:"He was born in the Greek‐speaking city of Tarsus in Cilicia" (oxfordbiblicalstudies.com)This is significant because while translating it from Greek to English there might have been a mistake or there might have been different translations of a certain word. One phrase from the letters is:"Yet that I remain in the flesh is more necessary for your benefit" (Phil 1:24)In this phrase Paul is telling the Philippians that he is alive for their benefit. This is significant because in Greek this is translated to "for the sake of". According to a translation on biblehub.com:"Di' is translated to 'for the sake of'" (biblehub.com)This is important because when "for the sake of" is used it gives a feeling of something somewhat serious. For instance, when a general manager makes a move for the sake of the team, it is usually something...

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