Be a theologian: A homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

9016884f-4c91-417b-9809-29c9397a8e4d.pngThere’s a great story of a couple.

They were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in the midst of all their family and friends over a dinner.

The husband stands up to make a toast and he says:

Thanks for coming! Would you believe that in our 50 years of marriage we have never had an arguments?

It’s because of this.  On our honeymoon, right after the wedding, we went to Montana. We wanted to ride horses on the mountains.

Now she got a disobedient kind of horse.  She would say GO and it wouldn’t.

The first time this happened she hit the horse and she yelled: THAT’S ONE.  It happened again, and she hit the horse again and yelled THAT’S TWO.  It happened a third time, and she got off and shot the horse dead.

I yelled, HONEY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!  YOU CAN’T JUST SHOOT A HORSE BECAUSE IT DIDN’T GO WHEN YOU SAID GO!

She looked at me and said, HONEY, THAT’S ONE.

I like that story because I think that once we know how somebody else thinks we know how to act around them.

This is especially true with God.  Once we know how God things, we know how to act.  We know how to follow.

Our call in our scriptures this weekend is this: We must be theologians!  The word theologian comes from two Greek words, “Theos” which means God and “logia” which means thinking.

To be a theologian is to be one who studies the thinking of God–who studies how he works, how he operates, how he thinks.

This is important.  In our first reading we heard God say, “my thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways.”  We humans have our own kinds of ways of thinking about things but God always has a better idea.  His way is better.  We are called in scripture to imitate him, to be perfect as he is perfect.  To be more godly is to be more Christian.

There’s an example of all this in our in gospel today, this parable of the landowner who keeps hiring people throughout the day and pays them all the same.  No human would act this way.  It is not human logic.  But if we spend time thinking about it and praying with this scripture in our own personal prayer we’re studying the thinking of God.

Everybody ought to be spending at least a little time with the Bible every day!  This is the best way to be a theologian, that is, the best way to study God’s thinking is to see how he has acted in the past!  That is a good indication of how he is acting now!

There are other ways, too.  Deacon Tom is about to start a book study. It’s a good happy thing to spend good time with the Catholic books because when we immerse ourselves in the way that God thinks then we become more like God. And that is what he says right in the scripture.  He says you are to be like me. And how can we ever be like God if we don’t know how God thinks how he works how we operate.  Good Catholic books can help us.

I never liked puzzles as a kid.  I just wanted all the pieces to be put together.  So I’d try to jam this piece into that one, even though it didn’t fit.  That is human logic.  God has the whole picture ni mind, he hows how everything goes together.  Left to ourselves and our own thinking, the puzzle of life makes no sense and doesn’t fit together; it becomes a hot mess.  We try to construct our lives in a way according to our own fallen and broken logic that does not make a masterpiece, nor does it make for a good a good holy life. But by God’s thinking, it all looks great.  It’s a masterpiece.  Things fall into their places.  I think a lot of people spend so much time  trying to get pieces in there that don’t fit.  But when we try to put the thing together or put the puzzle put our life together in the way that God has planned, the way that God has already kind of written out and dreamed up for us when we just put the pieces together according to his logic it all makes sense and everything fits.