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Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Homily – Matthew 20:1 - 16 ©

The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.09.24

The Way, and the Gift of Love

This parable represents the true teaching of the church.

It is one of the most commonly repeated themes, and it is a message to every person who would claim to be a follower of the way.

If you follow the teaching of Jesus you will be rewarded; you are in fact rewarded in the simple act of following.

In keeping to the way, you bring Heaven to earth.

The way is not toil, that it may require a lifetime of work, the way is gift, that when received, is shared with others.

In following the way, we do not layup treasures in Heaven; we do not amass wealth, privilege or honors.

God, the creator of the universe rejoices and gives the same blessing to the first as to the last.

The way is gate to eternity, and in eternity all talk concerning the duration of time, is meaningless.

In the eyes of God, the bishop is the same as the priest, the same as the parishioner, they merely have different duties, they are each beloved, and they are not beloved more or less than the parishioner, just as the sinner is not loved more or less than saint.

Workers in the Vineyard

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’

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