The Labourers in the Vineyard
From the parable in today’s Gospel, we see how much God loves us when he himself, through his beloved Son, took the initiative to enter our world in order to bring us into his Kingdom. We also see that the action of God’s grace does not depend on time and space.
In the parable God is represented as the landowner and we human beings are the labourers. The vineyard represents our Christian faith and our wages are heavenly life.
We learn that God does not call everybody at the same time. Some are called early in life having received their baptism as infants like the labourers who came at daybreak. Some were called as teenagers; some were called during their married life and others much later in life. God rewards all with the same wage which is eternal life.
In short, God is just and fair in all his dealings with his children. No one will ever go unrewarded for the good works that are attributed to him. Like the labourers in the Gospel, we all have a call to the Christian faith and our responsibility now is to work hard and seriously according to the will of God so that finally we receive what Jesus himself has promised us; that is eternal life.
Father Alex McAllister SDS