The Laborers’ Wage. Sunday 25th Week of Ordinary Time
The laborers who worked all day and bore the day’s burden and heat thought
that they deserved more than those who came late in the day and only worked
one hour. Mt. 20:1-16
Do we ever think we deserve more from God?
For all the Masses we attended and the rosaries we prayed and the days we
Doesn’t God owe us more than those who did not pray or fast as much but
squandered their time on other things?
Privately, I think most people would agree.
But God thinks differently than we do. Is. 55:8-9
God rewards differently than we do.
The whole point of the parable is to make us think about why we do what we
do for God.
Is it for reward?
To get more grace?
To earn a higher place in heaven?
Jesus tells us that those who come into he vineyard late in the day will get
the same reward, the same grace, as those who labor all day.
And if we believe that is unjust and unfair it only reveals that we labor in
the vineyard not for God but for ourselves.
And those who do will find that those who came late in the day will be paid
the same as them.
That those who came last will be first.
Love is not jealous.
Love does not measure.
Love does not seek to be repaid.
Love only wants Love in return.
That is what God paid each laborer that He called to work in His vineyard.
He paid them with His Infinite Love.
Since God’s Love is Infinite He cannot cut it up or divide it into portions
where He gives more to one than He does to another.
Then it would no longer be Infinite, but finite love.
So God pours an infinite amount of Love upon everyone.
In the morning, the afternoon and the evening.
The reason to go out into the vineyard early in the day rather than later is
to be able to work in the Son of His Love.
To bask in its warmth and heat.
The burden is not great, it is light.
Because it is done out of Love!