Originally delivered on September 20, 1987
Readings: Isaiah 55: 6-9; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Matthew 20: 1-16
In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims that “the last shall be first and the first shall be last.” This may lead some of us to be envious of those that figuratively came late, but received the same as we did, despite our full day’s work. Perhaps it’s in our DNA to compete, but Jesus is challenging us to think differently with the parable in today’s Gospel. Indeed, Isaiah tells us in the first reading that “God’s thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways God’s ways.” Are we willing to learn His ways or are we more interested in what’s fair? Indeed, we are called to live in a manner consistent with Jesus’s teaching in this parable such as we celebrate others that join us, even at the last minute, and share our riches without thoughts of ourselves.