MY daily reflection and prayer:
Sunday, September 21, 2014: Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Matthew 20:1-16a.
Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o’clock, the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’ So they went off. And he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o’clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’ 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.’
He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? 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.”
From the Gospel proclaimed to us today, we learn about the extraordinary generosity of God. We learn also about the compassion of God.
As we all know and experience it today, an unemployment and loss of work is a great tragedy!
No work that day usually means no food on the family table. Someone will be inability to earn enough to live and support his/her family.
God is generous in opening the doors of His kingdom to all who will enter, both those who have labored a life-time for him and those who come at the last hour. He is like the Master, undoubtedly, hired them in the late afternoon so they wouldn’t go home payless and hungry.
God gives the same reward for all. He calls us to be generous and joy people. In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn to perform our work and responsibilities with cheerfulness and diligence for the Lord’s sake and the sake of others. Let’s give generously to others, especially to those in need of our care and support.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, may we serve You and our neighbor with a glad and generous heart, not looking for how much we can get but rather looking for how much we can give. Bless our lives so that we are able to bless others, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
“abdi Dalem palawija”
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