Pentecost + 14 - Year A
One of the reasons we get caught in competition regarding a job or professional endeavor is that we participate not just for any fruitful results, but it becomes a measure of our value (longer workers deserve more than Johnny-come-latelies) or a validation of our importance (released folks versus those still captured).
Here we are encouraged to live life in a worthy manner. Every faith group would attribute worthiness to its particular value system. Here it is Christ, there it is Buddha, Mohammed, Jim Jones, No Taxes At All, etc.
Once we get past the particular we can experience generosity and release without claiming them as uniquely ours. Simply bringing forth fruitful work is enough. Whatever your religious focus, may it end in worthy living. This is a central point for inter-faith work.