They said, “While we put up a whole day’s work in the hot sun – yet you paid them the same as you paid us!” (Mt 19: 25)
Meditation: While explaining the parable, Jesus must have laughed at those who murmured against the landlord. Whether you like it or not, I feel it. Today I am reflecting on the same theme. Why did Jesus laugh at them? For I think that Jesus might have thought of his mission, for a while, that his father has entrusted him to be completed in the world. St. Paul says, “He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to become equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant.” (Phil 2:6, 7) The letter to the Hebrews says, “We have a high priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin.” (Heb 4:15) In order to save mankind, God has made himself equal to man, - “the eternal word has become flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14) - but here we find the worker who came on agreement feels unsatisfied for he was made equal to his fellow worker. That is why I was forced to think that Jesus might have laughed at them. There are some indications already given by Jesus that in the kingdom of heaven there are no gradations. All are equal there. If we review ourselves in a right manner we will also find that we are not better than these people. What is our attitude toward other people, especially to those who received special graces from God? They may be illiterate, poor, newly baptized or converted. Do you hear the same murmuring somewhere around you now? – “Yet you paid them the same as you paid us.” Then, surely you will hear once again Jesus laughing at…..
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Whenever and wherever we go selfish and jealous, O Lord, guide us and correct us. Give us the courage to understand the compassionate and the merciful love you have toward each and every one of us. You have come to this world and gave up your life on the cross so that we all may be raised up to the level of the children of God without any distinction. Therefore, help us to lead a life of thanksgiving and fraternal sharing. Amen!