Tomorrow Sunday 20 Mt 20,1-16 is read. It is about the parable of the envious vineyard workers.
You find a list of all the parables in this page.
When I understood it (I hope I did) I liked it. I am satisfied with my Conclusion
( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )
Mt 20,1-16 says:
20:1 “For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
20:2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.
20:4 To them he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went their way.
20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour and did likewise.
20:6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here all day idle?’
20:7 “They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ “He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.’
20:8 When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘ Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’
20:9 “When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.
20:10 When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius.
20:11 When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household,
20:12 saying, ‘These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!’
20:13 “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me for a denarius?
20:14 Take that which is yours and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you.
20:15 Isn’t it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?’
20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The essence of this parable is in 20:16
So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
So the last will be first, and the first last
I always interpreted this message as saying that those who are first on earth may be last in Heaven.
Like, rich people maybe last in Heaven and poor first. But with this interpretation, I don’t understand the connection between this and the parable of the envious laborers. Why should the laborer who started working first, be last?
This parable gives the sentence a more deep interpretation.
Maybe the answer is, the first laborer will become last as the lacked of love and were envious. What sense has it to share the word if you do not follow Jesus’ commandments of love.
For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The laborer who came in late did not hear about the work. They worked 6 and 9 hours less but got the same pay. He paid not for the hours of work but for their willingness to work in his vineyard. This seems to be very unfair as we are used to be paid per hour. But we must think that this is not a parable about our world. it is a parable that tells about God and what is important for God.
I recommend you to listen to the Angelus of the pope. He shares another important view. The request to do like God coming out of the church. Only Jehovah’s witness comes out. I never see the priests of Lipari in the town or participating in non-ecumenic events, like e.g. trekking.
I would interpret this parable as everyone is loved by God regardless of the time dedicated to spreading the word. As http://www.lachiesa.it/calendario/Detailed/20200920.shtml writes
Some may have to suffer more, some less, some more time, some less.
It does not matter if you spent your whole life spreading the word of God or maybe only the last years of your life. God does not value quantity but quality.
God is tolerant and righteous.
With this parable, I got a new interpretation of the sentence
So the last will be first, and the first last. As I wrote above: What sense has it to share the word your whole life if you do not follow Jesus’ commandments of love.