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“And on received so far they croaked against the landowner.”
What did the laborers receive that stimulated them grumble? They received the exact extent that the owner had agreed to pay them at the very beginnings, “After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he( owner) send them into his vineyard.”
They croaked not because the landowner was unjust in any way but simply because they had lost the sense of the knack of being announced in the very first place. They croaked about their predetermined income just because they first become ungrateful for being called to labor in his vineyard and being sustained in their strives all the day long.
What a endow they had received from the landowner! The proprietor continuously left the comfort of his home at all hours of the day to invite works into his vineyard. He did not interview them to find out how prepared they only. He did not asking questions for application or citation characters from their last-place activities. He did not ask them about their past history to see if they were laudable or good enough to be employed in his vineyard.
He simply called them to belong to him and to labor in his vineyard, “You more go into my vineyard.” If the owner had not called them , no one would have called them as they themselves authenticated when he asked why they were idle all day, “Because no one has hired us.” Their invitation into his vineyards was indeed a endow of goodness on the landowner’s part.
The landowner too sustained them with all that they needed to labor till the end of the working day. It was his vineyard and they discovered there all that they needed. Without his provisions “theres no way” that they could “bear the day’s burden and the heat” as they complained that they did. That sustenance was another gift to them for which they likewise proved ungrateful.
Lastly, the owner offered them all a wage that did not depend on how much work they had done or how many hours that the government has labored. That very was a gift that the growl laborers were blind to see. The loyal and delightful works among them were those who responded instantly and liberally to their call with depth gratitude to the landowner and labored to the very end of the day.
This parable reminds us of why we find ourselves croaking and deploring even as we dish Jesus Christ in His kingdom of joy.
First, we grumble and deplore principally because we have lost that grateful of being called to belong to God and to serve Him in His vineyard as His beloved children. No single one of us is worthy to be His slaves. Like St. John the Baptist, we very should be saying, “I am not worthy to condescend and tighten the thongs of His sandals.”( Mk 1:7)
Second, we grumble because we are not grateful for the grace of God that has sustained us in His service all these times despite our frailties and challenges in life. We complain about the difficult circumstances and poor results of our service while we ignore the mercy of God that has sustained us in those times. We need that conviction that without Christ Jesus we can do nothing.( Cf Jn 15:5)
Third, we grumble because we are ungrateful for the life with Christ that we have now and majestic life with Him that awaits us in the life to come. We insist on being paid as we think we deserve because we do not realize that God leaves endowments to us His children and not fees. In His mercy, He rewards us over and beyond what we truly deserve. God’s reward system is as mysterious as He is charitable, “For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been His counselor? Or who has given Him anything that he may be repaid? ”( Rom 11:34 -3 5)
Everything is indeed a endowment from God’s generous affection for us. Our calling to be His maids from baptism is a gift, the mercy that sustains us is a gift, and the reward offered to us is a gift and not really a payment. We is impossible to merit life with God in heaven because God gives it to us as a gift in and through Jesus Christ and sustains us with His grace.
St. Paul writes to the Philippians must likely from his prison cell in Rome. He has every reason to complain to God about his imprisonment for the sake of the Gospel. He does not complain or cry about his fate but rather basks the great gift of being called to belong to Christ and to bear Christ’s life within him, “For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” He so increases the fullness of Christ’s life to come that he is ready to accept death, “I long to vary this life and be with Christ, for that is far better.” He is not daydreaming about heaven but, revaluing his call to serve the Gospel, he perseveres in perform Christ even in prison because he is convinced that to live in the flesh “means worthwhile strive for him.”
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, how would we describe ourselves today: God’s beloved children called to be faithful and joyful maids in His vineyard or hired workers who work for pay and prone to grumble and complain against God when things do not become our behavior? Our call to work in His vineyard is to strive for the redemption of someones, a assignment that challenges both our loyalty and our joyfulness. Our delightful accuracy more than anything else proceeds minds to Christ in His Church. Our grumbling and complaining about our life of service turns beings away from Christ.
But today we are seeing a climate of grouching and complaining against God all around us and in each vocation in the Church. Catholic priests are growling about mandatory virginity. Dissident theologians are deploring that the Church’s teaching need to be changed to accommodate those of gravely vile actions. Parents are reluctant to be open to the gift of brand-new life and to educate their children in the faith. Religious are growling because the secular climate meets it difficult for them to be faithful to the evangelical counselors of poverty, decency, and obedience. Such grouch pictures our ingratitude to God for announcing us and this kills any charity that we should have.
Jesus who comes to us in today’s Eucharist is calling us to know Him better, adoration Him more, and suffice Him more reliably in His vineyard now on earth so that we can rejoice with Him in His heavenly kingdom. He offers us mercy that sustains us and hope of heavenly glory in the future. We will never know true-life delight until we take His invitation seriously and respond appropriately.
If we are still unable to joyfully answer His call, cause us look to Mama Mary. She was the first to say “Yes” to God’s call to her to become His Mother. She sufficed Elizabeth with a euphorium that was contagious because she was a soul absolutely grateful for God choosing and gracing her with massive privileges appropriate for His own Mother, “He who is mighty has done great things for me.” Even the unborn infant John the Baptist could not withstand the Spirit-filled joy of Mary. She did not utter a single word of grouching against God, His plan for her, or her remunerations even in the darkest instants under the cross on Calvary, that instant of greatest abuse in human history.
We exclusively have to beg her to help us say these three things ever 😛 TAGEND
“Lord, thank you for calling me to belong to you and to serve you in your kingdom.”“Lord, thank you for your grace that sustains me always in your service.”“Lord, thank you for the fullness of life with you that awaits me in heaven.”
Once we can say these from our hearts and do so with sincere sentence, then we are grateful beings ready to serve God faithfully and joyfully all our lives.
Glory to Jesus !!! Honor to Mary !!!
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