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The Workers in the Vineyard

Wednesday, 20th Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: Judges 9:6-15 & Matthew 20: 1 – 16

Reflection Date: August 18

The last will be first.

The parable of the laborers in the vineyard speaks to us of a God who is just and generous, and compassionate.  The ways of God are mysterious. Imagine a good thief who came to Jesus in the last moments of his life and was the first to be promised he would be with Jesus that same day in paradise.  God deals with us not according to strict justice but according to his generosity and mercy.  

Sometimes I tell people during recollections or retreats, “do not be surprised if, when you enter heaven, you see people like Judas Iscariot, Hitler, and Stalin in the reception line. You ask them, ‘how come are you here?’ and they will very likely answer you, “for the same reason you are here – because of the mercy of God.”

It is not surprising that we see new converts to Christianity sometimes becoming  faithful followers as cradle catholics, displaying exemplary behaviours. 

It is a time to rejoice when God shows mercy, not display enviours behaviours. 

Joseph Cardozo SJ | Contributor 

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