20TH SEPTEMBER, 2020.
Is 55:6-9/Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18/Phil 1:20c-24, 27a/Mat 20:1-16
(Rev Fr Isaac Kofi Amponsah-Boateng, CSSp; Director, Holy Ghost Schools-Makueni, Sultan Hamud, Machakos Diocese)
Human beings have the saying that, “the older the wine the sweeter it tastes.” Does this always apply at all times; and could the opposite be also true? Whatever the case may be, in God’s eyes, the sweetness of the wine does not reside in the length of period or duration it has stayed, for new or fresh wine can have equal taste as the old, and fulfill the goal for which it was produced.
In today’s Gospel passage, we read that different labourers were hired at different times of the day. The owner of the vineyard was so concerned that whoever was ready to work never lost such opportunity despite the time difference.
Human beings could classify them as early and late hours, but the instruction was the same: “go into my vineyard.” At the end, each worker received his due as had been set by the householder and not the labourers themselves.
Those labourers who grumbled did so because of their mentality about the correlation between number of hours worked and amount to be paid.
However, the just householder used the opportunity to purify their mentality to understand that God’s ways are not human ways, neither are human thoughts God’s, as Isaiah tells us in the 1st Reading. God’s ways and thoughts are always higher than human’s. God’s justice does not follow human accounting principles. In God’s eyes, there is no question about time or duration. What matters is fidelity of the worker in the Lord’s vineyard.
All workers are equal in the eyes of God; there are neither veterans nor amateur workers. And so, there is neither early nor late vocation, be it married or single life (like priest and Religious).
The fact that you married many years ago does not qualify you to be a good husband or wife. Similarly, one’s many years in Religious or clerical life does not make him/her better than the other who professed or ordained just the other day. You might have been living your vocation recycling the first day or even in infidelity; deceiving others.
In our vocations, families or communities, workplaces, what matters most is how one has fulfilled the goal intended by the Maker. Paul, in the 2nd Reading, caught between his human desires and God’s will, decided to make the will of God prevail in his life. May we fulfil the God-intended goals in our life.
~•For the grace to fulfill and help othersto fulfill the God-given goals.
~•That we may cultivate a sense of deep faith in God’s love and providence in our communities and families
~•That leaders may have equal empathy for all covid 19 patients without discrimination of any kind.
Lord hear us