25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s parable is more about generosity of God than about working conditions.  They story is more about the supreme goodness of God than about wage settlements.

The punch line of the parable is : ”I intend to give this man who was hired last the same pay.  I am free to do as I please with my money, am I not? Or are you envious because I am generous?”  What we here is the behavior of a large-hearted man who is compassionate and full of sympathy for the poor.  One hour’s wage would not be enough to feed these families.  So he pays them a full day wage.

If we cry for justice that we worked all day in the heat of the sun, then we miss the point of the parable.  This is a story about God’s goodness not about labor-relation guidelines.

Jesus wants us to see that the owner is what God looks like.  He is all goodness and compassion, all mercy and generosity.  Jesus is telling us that when God does something,  He does it in a big way—with extravagance and generosity, with flair and foolishness.

We need to praise God for always giving us more than what we are entitled to; for forgiving us more than we deserve; for blessing us with more than we worthy of.

My friends, we need to pray each day and ask God that we may be more generous with each other—by not just forgiving offenses, but also by forgetting them; by not just fulfilling our duties, but by offering to do more; by not just doing what  is expected of us, but also by doing the unexpected that delights people so much.

God Bless

Msgr. Powell