Turn to the Lord for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
— Isaiah 55:7b
Dear Parish Family,
Jesus often compared life in the kingdom of heaven with everyday examples of Jewish life in His day. In today’s gospel, Jesus spoke about hired workers.
A hired worker’s life in Jesus’ day was a risky life. Arriving at the market place early in the morning, he would stand and wait until someone hired him. If he were lucky enough to be hired, he could feed his family that day. If unable to find work, his family would go without.
Jesus told the story of hired workers who complained about what they thought was their unfair treatment by the landowner of a vineyard; how they had worked all day but received the same pay as those who worked for only an hour. If they had not known how much the latecomers had been paid, those who worked all day would have been grateful for their pay and the opportunity to feed their families. Instead they grumbled over the landowner’s generosity.
That is the way God is with everyone, generous with His love, a forgiving and merciful love which knows no favorites, whether one has been faithful to God all of his/her life or one who is a “latecomer.”
This generosity of God is not something to grumble about, but to praise—and do our best to imitate.
In the Word,
Fr. Philip Danaher
First Reading — Turn to the Lord, who is generous in forgiving (Isaiah 55:6-9).
Psalm — The Lord is near to all who call upon him (Psalm 145).
Second Reading — Live your lives in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a).
Gospel — The last will be first, and the first will be last (Matthew 20:1-16a).
Readings for the Week
Mon: Ezr 1:1-6; Ps 126:1b-6; Lk 8:16-18
Tues: Ezr 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20; Ps 122:1-5; Lk 8:19-21
Wed: Ezr 9:5-9; Tb:13:2, 3-4abefghn, 7-8; Lk 9:1-6
Thurs: Hg 1:1-8; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 9:7-9
Fri: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a; Ps 138:1-5; Jn 1:47-51
Sat: Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a; Jer 31:10-12ab, 13; Lk 9:43b-45
Sun: Ez 18:25-28; Ps 25:4-9; Phil 2:1-11 [1-5]; Mt 21:28-32