Wednesday 21 August 2019
St Pius X
Judges 9:6-15. Psalm 20(21):2-7. Matthew 20:1-16.
Lord, your strength gives joy to the king – Psalm 20(21):2-7.
‘Are you envious because I am generous?’
In today’s gospel, we find out that God’s love and grace is given freely to the undeserving. The parable of the workers in the vineyard challenges our sense of justice and fairness. How can the all-day workers be paid the same as those who show up at the last minute?
Indeed, if we identify with the all-day workers, our reaction is likely to be outrage. But if we are honest, we too are likely to be the last minute workers at certain times in our lives. We should rejoice that God’s love is given to all, not earned by the few.
How do we share this gift of grace? The bramble in the first reading receives honours and privileges and in exchange invites others to come and rest in its shade. Who might need to shelter in my shade? Will I extend a welcome to others?