“And on received so far they grumbled against the landowner.”
What did the laborers receive that impelled them grumble? They received the exact sum that the owner had agreed to pay them at the very beginnings, “After agreeing with them for the usual daily payment, he( owner) send them into his vineyard.”
They growled not because the landowner was unjust in any way but simply because they had lost the sense of the knack of being called in the very first place. They grumbled about their predetermined compensation because they had first become ungrateful for being called to labor in his vineyard and being sustained in their proletariats all the day long.
What a gift they had received from the landowner! The landowner continuously left the comfort of his home at all hours of the day to invite laborers into his vineyard. He did not interview them to find out how characterized they only. He did not ask them for lotion or remark letters from their last professions. He did not ask them about their past history to see if they were deserving or good enough to be employed in his vineyard.
He simply called them to belong to him and to proletariat in his vineyard, “You extremely go into my vineyard.” If the landowner had not been able to called them , no one would have called them as they themselves testified when he asked why they were idle all day, “Because no one has hired us.” Their invitation into his vineyards was indeed a knack of goodness on the landowner’s part.
The landowner too sustained them with all that they needed to labor till the end of the working day. It was his vineyard and they found there all that they needed. Without his provisions “theres no way” that they could “bear the day’s burden and the heat” as they complained that they did. That sustenance was another gift to them for which they also proved ungrateful.
Lastly, the landowner offered them all a compensation that did not depend on how much work they had done or how many hours that the government has labored. That more was a gift that the growl laborers were blind to see. The loyal and joyful laborers among them were those who responded promptly and generously to their call with depth gratitude to the landowner and labored to the very end of the day.
This parable reminds us of why we find ourselves grumbling and deploring even as we serve Jesus Christ in His kingdom of joy.
First, we grumble and complain chiefly because we have lost that gratitude of being called to belong to God and to serve Him in His vineyard as His beloved children. No single one of us is worthy to be His maids. Like St. John the Baptist, we more should be saying, “I am not worthy to squat and loosen the thongs of His sandals.”( Mk 1:7)
Second, we grumble because we are not grateful for the forgivenes of God that has sustained us in His service all these years despite our fragilities and challenges in life. We complain about the difficult circumstances and poor results of our service while we ignore the charm of God that has sustained us in those moments. We lack that conviction that without Christ Jesus we can do nothing.( Cf Jn 15:5)
Third, we grumble because we are ungrateful for the life with Christ that we have now and majestic life with Him that awaits us in the life to come. We insist on being paid as we think we deserve because we do not realize that God presents talents to us His children and not remittances. In His mercy, He wages us over and beyond what we truly deserve. God’s reward system is as strange as He is charitable, “For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been His counselor? Or who has given Him anything that he may be repaid? ”( Rom 11:34 -3 5)
Everything is indeed a gift from God’s generous affection for us. Our calling to be His slaves from baptism is a gift, the blessing that sustains us is a gift, and the reward offered to us is a gift and not really a payment. We is impossible to deserve life with God in heaven because God gives it to us as a gift in and through Jesus Christ and sustains us with His grace.
St. Paul writes to the Philippians must likely from his prison cell in Rome. He has every reason to complain to God about his imprisonment for the sake of the Gospel. He does not complain or moan about his fate but instead basks the great gift of being called to belong to Christ and to bear Christ’s life within him, “For to me life is Christ, and extinction is gain.” He so revalues the fullness of Christ’s life to come that he is ready to accept death, “I long to vary this life and be with Christ, for that is far better.” He is not daydreaming about heaven but, revaluing his call to serve the Gospel, he continues in serving Christ even in prison because he is convinced that to live in the flesh “means worthwhile strive for him.”
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, how would we describe ourselves today: God’s beloved children called to be faithful and delightful servants in His vineyard or hired workers who work for pay and prone to grumble and complain against God when things do not extend our road? Our call to work in His vineyard is to strive for the recovery of souls, a enterprise that requires both our accuracy and our joyfulness. Our joyful fidelity more than anything chooses beings to Christ in His Church. Our grumbling and complaining about our life of service turns beings away from Christ.
But today we are seeing a climate of growling and grumbling against God all around us and in each job in the Church. Catholic pastors are croaking about mandatory virginity. Dissident theologians are grumbling that the Church’s teaching need to be changed to accommodate those of gravely vile demeanors. Parents are reluctant to be open to the gift of new life and to educate their children in the faith. Religious are grouching because the secular climate builds it difficult for them to be faithful to the missionary guidances of poverty, purity, and reverence. Such grouch evidences our ingratitude to God for calling us and this kills any magnanimity that we should have.
Jesus who comes to us in today’s Eucharist is calling us to know Him better, love Him more, and serve Him more reliably in His vineyard here on earth so that we can rejoice with Him in His heavenly kingdom. He offers us kindnes that sustains us and hope of heavenly glory in the future. We will never know true-blue exhilaration until we make His invitation gravely and respond appropriately.
If we are still unable to joyfully answer His call, let us look to Mama Mary. She was the first to say “Yes” to God’s call to her to become His Mother. She acted Elizabeth with a rejoice that was contagious because she was a soul absolutely grateful for God choosing and gracing her with gargantuan liberties appropriate for His own Mother, “He who is mighty has done great things for me.” Even the unborn infant John the Baptist could not withstand the Spirit-filled joy of Mary. She did not utter a single word of grumbling against God, His plan for her, or her rewards even in the darkest instants under the cross on Calvary, that minute of greatest sin in human history.
We simply have to beg her to help us say these three things ever 😛 TAGEND
“Lord, thank you for calling me to belong to you and to serve you in your kingdom.”“Lord, thank you for your grace that sustains me always in your service.”“Lord, thank you for the fullness of life with you that awaits me in heaven.”
Once we can say these from our hearts and do so with fervent decision, then we are grateful minds ready to serve God faithfully and joyfully all our lives.
Glory to Jesus !!! Honor to Mary !!!
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