In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah reminds us that opportunity seldom if ever knocks twice. Carpe diem – seize the day, the classical Roman axiom taught in schools for centuries still applies!
But, one must ask… what opportunity are we looking for?
Jesus points out in today’s Gospel parable that we are all called to labor in the vineyard of the Lord. As the parable teaches, some are called to do more, while others less. But we are all sent to do something! In today’s second reading St. Paul states that he would rather be with Christ in heaven, but he accepts and acknowledges that first he has additional labor to perform in the vineyard!
How are we to know what God is calling us to do? Isaiah tells us to: “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while He is near.” To do so, there must be a place in every life for quiet prayer and reflection. Only there will He tell us!