Wednesday 17 August 2022
Ezekiel 34:1-11. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want – Psalm 22(23). Matthew 20:1-16.
God knows each of us personally
Theodore Roosevelt warned that ‘comparison is the thief of joy’. How quickly we judge the worthiness of ourselves based on the actions of others? St Marcellin Champagnat, a French priest and founder of the Marist Brothers, instructed his educators to love each of their students equally. Equality doesn’t mean each student has identical needs and Marcellin understood each child needs to be loved in different ways. Jesus uses this parable to teach this message about God’s love and the inclusion of all people, from those who’ve known him their whole lives to those who encounter his love on their death bed. There is great joy and freedom in believing in a God who knows each of us personally and waits patiently for us to arrive at the gates of the vineyard.