Today’s Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
“[Or] am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous? Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Mt 20:15)
Today’s gospel reading is the parable of the landowner who paid all the workers the same no matter what time they showed up for work. Those who showed up at the last minute got the same pay as those who worked all day. Those who worked all day are envious and they don’t think it’s fair.
But this parable is not about fairness. This parable is about God’s abundant love and generosity. And mercy.
Salvation is not earned. Salvation is not deserved. Salvation is a gift. And God wants us with Him, even if we show up at the vineyard at the last minute.
Sometimes I have heard people ask, what good is it for us to be faithful our whole lives if we can just make a deathbed confession and be saved?
I can only answer that for me, a life without God, a life without knowing I am loved so abundantly, is an empty life. Those who come to the vineyard earlier have had a life filled with God’s love and graces.
I myself am a prodigal daughter returned. I only wish I had come home to the Father earlier.
“There is no greater misfortune than to live and die without knowing God.” – St. Claudine Thevenet
What does God’s “grace” mean to you?
In what ways have you experienced God’s generosity and mercy?
Dear Lord, help me to pray for those who have not yet come to work at your vineyard. Help me to welcome all who come, early or late. Thank you, Lord, for all the graces you have given me, undeserved as they are. Amen.
Copyright 2014 Colleen Spiro