FOR THE DAY
Today’s gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
this parable of the workers in the vineyard, all the commentaries
I have seen through the years speak of the generosity of the
landowner, in the face of seeming injustice in paying all
workers the same wage, whatever amount of time they spent
working. This parable speaks about the same gift of salvation
that all who obey God will receive, whether one was good from
childhood or just turned to God at his deathbed (consider
the good thief on the cross). “Thus, the last will be
first, and the first will be last.” (v.16). Note that
this is essentially the same truth given in Matthew 19:30,
and the parable is sandwiched between these similar sayings.
is what I want to focus on: that the early workers, instead
of complaining, should in fact praise and glorify and thank
God for being called earlier. How many times has a person
who undergoes renewal in Christ said, “How I wish I
had met the Lord earlier”? We who were called early
are tremendously blessed. And we have had all this time to
grow in holiness, to renew our marriage, to fix our family,
to serve Jesus, and to experience in so many ways the wonders
of God. Having been called early is reward itself. Going to
heaven, with those called later, is the common reward.
in our work of evangelization, we must never have the attitude
that here we are, working so hard and enduring suffering,
when others will respond just later in their lives, after
living it up in the world, and make it to heaven just like
us. Don’t grumble, saying, “These last ones worked
only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore
the day’s burden and the heat.” (v.12). We are
given the privilege of serving God now. God “sent
(us) into his vineyard.” (v.2b). We are blessed now.
We have been greatly favored by God. We have been honored
by God as He allows us to be His co-workers.
do not grumble but rather rejoice. Thank God sincerely from
your heart. And continue to work hard in the vineyard.