Magandang umaga po ! Happy Sunday, The Lord’s Day to everyone !
Our theme for today’s reading is: God’s Generosity.
Here is our Gospel reading for today:
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
(Matthew 20:1-16)
And here is verse 8 and 9 of our first reading:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
From the above readings we can see that God’s way is much different from our way of thinking. Here are several points:
1. We cannot control God. The Lord is free to choose whom He wants to be generous to.
2. He is free to choose those who were last to be first, as in the case of the robber who was on His right side during the crucifixion, “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
3. We should avoid the immature attitude of thinking God owes us something for every little thing that we did right.
4. The value of the gift of salvation and life in eternity is so huge and priceless that we should view it as purely coming from The Lord’s generosity.
5. In God’s kingdom, envy has no place.
6. As we grow in our Spirituality, the main reason for serving The Lord is our love for Him and gratitude, not anymore the reward.

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