Don’t we all want to be part of the kingdom of God? But do we understand all the parables of the kingdom? As we know we often give into the temptation to judge and to understand what Jesus said by our own earthly standards and interpretations. What does this new parable teach us? (Mt 20)
“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”.
Is this landowner not our Creator and Father but also His Son Jesus who wants to have all of us cooperating with him in our salvation which is represented by the denarius? Jesus started a vineyard, his Church, and our salvation depends on whether or not we want to work on earth either for ourselves or for the glory of God by dedicating everything we do to him?
A second point here is that the workers who were first hired and therefore who worked the longest, accuse the landlord, (God), of being unfair in distributing the salaries at the end of the day. We can see that injustice from a business point of view. However, we are not in business here. If the first workers are the Jewish people, and the latest are the gentiles who come to the service of God, and all of us, should we not all rejoice to enter Heaven and to see others enjoy the Beatific Vision without being jealous?
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” (Is.55)
This is indeed very good news to hear for those who discover faith in Christ late in life: “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.’
The truth is that God is more than fair to us. He never stops searching for us even if we have abandoned Him, sometimes for many years in the midst of the foolish pleasures of this earthly life. Like the Father of the Prodigal son who we are at some point of our life, he is waiting for us with eagerness to embrace us with tenderness.
“How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all His creatures.”(Ps.144)