My Dear Friends,
In today’s Gospel passage from St. Matthew (20: 1-16a), we hear the famous story of the man who hired people to work in his vineyard. He hired some at 8 a.m., others at noon, others at 3 p.m., and still others at 5 p.m. At the end of the day, he gave all an equal amount of wages; the ones hired at 5 p.m. received the same amount as those hired at 8 a.m. The ones who had worked all day were angry, for they saw this as unfair. But at the end of the story, the vineyard owner says, “What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?”
This story has many applications, and all point to the boundless generosity and love of God for us. In the United States, for example, the Irish and Spanish were like the 8 a.m. people, then came Bohemians and other Europeans at noon. Then came those from Asia. Now, the 5 p.m. people are those from Mexico and nations of Central American and South America. All are equal in the eyes of the Catholic Church. Instead of being angry at God for not being “fair” according to human standards, we should rejoice in his infinite love and mercy.
Our annual Blessing of the Animals well be Saturday, October 7th behind the St. Mary Rectory at 9 a.m. Live and stuffed animals are most welcome!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob