Today’s Gospel reminds us of the generosity of God.
We do not earn God’s love; it is given to us unconditionally.
The master in the parable is generous with the latecomers because he wants to be. It was not their fault that they did not find work earlier.
Of course, this does not mean that we do not need to cop-operate with the Grace of God. God’s Grace invites a response. It is not about doing nothing!
As we respond, we grow and are choosing to initiate a deeper relationship with God.
The first reading tells us that God’s ways are not our ways. God is not created in our image; we are created in the image of God. We are invited to choose God’s ways, not just when we fully understand what God is asking us, but all the time.
Our Lady is a great model of someone who trusted God about the incarnation of Jesus without understanding the full implications and said yes.
We tend to judge by our own standards.
The story of the prodigal son has some similarities with this parable.
The older son was angry with the father in the parable because of the great welcome that he had given the younger brother and had done everything wrong!
The father was generous and loves both sons!
There is much mystery. In the Eucharist we pray for ‘the dead whose faith is known to you alone’.
I knew a good man who loved his wife and family very much. He was loved by others, an honourable and good man.
He lived by Christian principles but was not in a place that he could say for sure that he believed.
He was dying and he was happy to pray with me. He did NOT reject Christ. He was not sure. He was open to the truth.
I said to him “I know that you are not sure about all this, but I will see you in heaven”.
God never gives up during our life calling us to come to Him, even at the point of death.