I know I missed yesterday and I’m running about 18 hours behind today, but , nevertheless I am posting today – it counts. Work is busy; I am tired and I’ll try to stay on this, but you’ll all have to be patient. And maybe another reason I’m posting this late ties in with our Gospel today. It doesn’t matter when you start the work, it just matters that you start the work.
I know you’ve all hear this Gospel in the past. This is one of the most comforting Gospel to any who is struggling either come to the Faith or come back to the Faith. It doesn’t matter when or how long you have the Faith, it only matters that you have the Faith.
When those who had started about five o’clock came,
each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
‘These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’
Do you understand what they are being told? They worked, they have the Faith – they have achieved their reward for their day’s wages. I believe what Christ is telling us here is that the reward received is eternal life. Do you need more than eternal life? How can you improve upon perfection? You can’t and I believe that is the point of the story. No matter how long you’ve worked, no matter how long you’ve had your Faith, whether it’s your entire life or convert on your death bed – we will all receive the same reward – eternal life. No more, no less. Blessed be the generosity of our Great God.
Do something great for our Lord today – negotiate for another weeks vacation.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.