The Parable of the Workers. By Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.

Good morning Holy Angels,

I am so proud of my Holy Angels family. Thank you for showing up and showing out on Sunday September 14th as we praised the Lord and welcomed our visitor Sammy Basso, his family, and the production crew from National Geographic. . Sammy Basso suffers from a rare genetic disorder called progeria. Progeria is an extremely rare genetic disorder wherein symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at a very early age.

Sammy reminds me of myself. He is young, handsome, and courageous; he has a nice haircut, and a great family. Sammy wanted to experience a Gospel Mass, and he did his research and found Holy Angels. It was truly a blessed day! I thank God for my Holy Angels family! As always the choir was amazing!
Today’s parable of the workers in the vineyard is found only in the gospel of Matthew. Jesus talks about the generosity of God, and how God is not only fair, but how God cares for the poor and needy.

It is not always easy to understand the ways of God. In today’s gospel we see the workers failing to understand why those who worked just one hour received the same wages as those who worked all day. It reminds us of our futile attempts to understand why some people seemingly have been dealt a better hand than others going through life. Why does God apparently give more blessings to some than to others?

In our first reading today from the prophet Isaiah God tells us the same thing,

“Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways. My thoughts above your thoughts.” (Isa 55:9)

It is not always easy to understand God’s ways. In any case it would be silly to be jealous of others because we only see the outside and we never know what cross others have to carry.

The landowner in the parable in the Gospel understood human nature very well when he said, “Why be envious because I am generous?” (Matt 20:15) Those who worked hard in the heat all day were jealous of those who worked for only one hour and yet got the same pay. But instead of being envious and jealous of those who have been dealt a better hand than us there is a better attitude, to be grateful for the hand we have been dealt.

God is our friend and is not unjust to us. Think of parents and children. Parents have a different relationship with each child but love each child. God deals differently with each of us because God loves each of us in the way that God knows best for us and his kingdom. The attitude to have is one of trust in God.

Christ’s peace,
Fr. Drew