“And on received so far they grumbled against the landowner.”
What did the laborers receive that uttered them grumble? They received the exact sum that the landowner had agreed to pay them at the very beginnings, “After agreeing with them for the usual daily compensation, he( owner) ship them into his vineyard.”
They grouched not because the landowner was unjust in any way but simply because they had lost the sense of the talent of being announced in the very first place. They grouched about their predetermined wage because they had first become ungrateful for being called to labor in his vineyard and being sustained in their strives all the day long.
What a offering they had received from the landowner! The owner 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 discover how prepared they only. He did not ask them for employment or note words from their last hassles. He did not asking questions about their past history to see if they were honourable or good enough to be employed in his vineyard.
He simply called them to belong to him and to labor in his vineyard, “You more go into my vineyard.” If the proprietor had not called them , no one would have called them as they themselves attested when he asked why they were idle all day, “Because no one has hired us.” Their invitation into his vineyards was indeed a endowment 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 there is no way that they could “bear the day’s burden and the heat” as they deplored that they did. That sustenance was another gift to them for which they too proved ungrateful.
Lastly, the owner offered them all a payment that did not depend on how much work they had done or how many hours that the government has labored. That very was a gift that the growl laborers were blind to see. The congregation and delightful works among them were those who responded swiftly and generously to their call with penetrating gratitude to the landowner and labored to the very end of the day.
This parable reminds us of why we find ourselves growling and complaining even as we act Jesus Christ in His kingdom of joy.
First, we grumble and deplore mainly 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 servants. Like St. John the Baptist, we extremely is advisable to saying, “I am not worthy to condescend and slacken the thongs of His sandals.”( Mk 1:7)
Second, we grumble because we are not grateful for the grace of God that has sustained us in His service all these years despite our imperfections and challenges in life. We complain about the difficult circumstances and poor results of our service while we ignore the goodnes of God that has sustained us in those minutes. We absence 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 glorious 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 gives knacks 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 mysterious 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 endowment from God’s magnanimous enjoy for us. Our calling to be His servants from baptism is a gift, the prayer that sustains us is a gift, and the reward offered to us is a gift and not really a payment. We can only merit life with God in heaven because God renders 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 grumble or complaint about his fate but rather relishes 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 fatality is gain.” He so increases the fullness of Christ’s life to come that he is ready to accept death, “I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better.” He is not dream about heaven but, admiring his call to serve the Gospel, he perseveres in helping Christ even in prison because he is convinced that to live in the flesh “means fruitful 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 maids in His vineyard or hired workers who work for pay and prone to grumble and complain against God when things do not exit our method? Our call to work in His vineyard is to labor for the recovery of someones, a project that expects both our devotion and our joyfulness. Our joyful loyalty more than anything extorts minds to Christ in His Church. Our grumbling and complaining about our life of service turns people away from Christ.
But today we are seeing a climate of growling and deploring against God all around us and in each occupation in the Church. Catholic clergymen are croaking about obligatory virginity. Dissident theologians are grumbling that the Church’s teaching need to be changed to accommodate those of gravely vile behaviors. Parents are reluctant to be open to the gift of new life and to educate their children in the faith. Religious are grumbling because the secular climate moves it difficult for them to be faithful to the evangelical lawyers of poverty, modesty, and reverence. Such rumbling demonstrates our ingratitude to God for announcing 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 help Him more reliably in His vineyard now on earth so that we can rejoice with Him in His heavenly kingdom. He offers us blessing that sustains us and hope of heavenly glory in the future. We will never know true-blue rejoice until we make His invitation seriously and respond appropriately.
If we are still unable to joyfully answer His call, tell us look to Mama Mary. She was the first to say “Yes” to God’s call to her to become His Mother. She dished Elizabeth with a exuberance that was contagious because she was a soul rightfully grateful for God choosing and gracing her with gigantic privileges 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 growling against God, His plan for her, or her rewards even in the darkest times under the cross on Calvary, that moment of greatest injustice in human history.
We merely have to beg her to help us say these three things always 😛 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 ever 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 belief, then we are grateful people ready to serve God faithfully and joyfully all our lives.
Glory to Jesus !!! Honor to Mary !!!
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