Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of Judges 9:6-16, Psalm 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, & Matthew 20:1-6
Most of us have a strong sense of justice. The last six words of the Pledge of Allegiance remind us, "With liberty and justice for all." No wonder, so few of us enjoy reading today's Gospel narrative about the laborers in the vineyard. We cry out, "unfair!" The owner of the vineyard was paying what he had agreed, but we want him to be firm according to our standards, not his. We don't want there to be a free lunch, at least not for others.
In God's world, there is such a thing as a free lunch. If our senses are wide open, we might be able to experience this generosity every day, feel content, and not have to grumble about other people as long as we have the "noble olive tree" ruling over us.
So then, what kind of God do we want? One who follows the rule book, or one who surprises us with unexpected graces? A God whose ways are not our ways, whose vision and understanding is beyond our imagination for ourselves and others—even for those who don't work as hard as we do?
In God's kingdom, we are worth more than ever imagined. Greater even then—the scales of justice are a gift He bestows on us every day. Give thanks always, especially for the very gift of your life.
Question of the Day: How will you be called into gratitude for God's goodness?
Prayer: "The Word of God is living and effective, able to discern the reflections and thoughts of the heart."