Twenty-fifth Sunday 2017
Today’s Gospel is probably one of the hardest for us to understand. Why are the last first and the first last? Why would someone working all day be satisfied to be paid the same as one who only worked an hour? The original sense of the Gospel had to do with the differences between the Jewish Christians who had a long salvation history waiting for the Messiah and the Gentile Christians who were the late-comers and yet offered the same salvation. Jesus accepted them all equally.
So, the Gospel is about the incredible generosity of God who offers salvation to everyone who will place themselves in his service. It’s not about competition and “I got here first”. When we shift our gaze from the Lord we forget that what we receive we haven’t earned and don’t deserve.
Salvation is a gift and as long as we keep our eyes on the giver, the Lord, then we will be grateful and won’t be jealous that he wants to save other sinners, just like us.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC