25th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:1-16

Dear child of God, today’s Gospel reading, tells us that we can trust in God’s generosity. The Gospel this Sunday is called the Parable of the Vineyard Workers. But more accurately, it can also be called the Parable of the Generous Landowner. His action greatly surprised everyone. How can he give those hired very late in the day the same salary as those who worked the whole day? There seems to be no fairness here. However, fairness is not the issue here. Those hired early in the day were paid the right or just salary as agreed upon with the owner. Justice has been served. Instead, the issue here is generosity.

Whenever the issue of generosity comes up, it evokes both a positive and a negative response. The positive response is trust. In the parable, those hired early in the day were confident in the security provided by the formal contract with the owner. It was a business deal. But for those hired much later in the day, there was no mention of a contract: “He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard’” (Mt 20:6-7). THE WORKERS RELIED ON THE WORD OF THE OWNER, AND TRUSTED THAT HE WILL GIVE THEM WHATEVER IS RIGHT. AND THEY WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED.

God’s generosity is beyond the comprehension of everybody and can be trusted. The labourers that came late did not bargain anything with the landowner, they simply and totally trusted in His goodwill that He will reward them. They trusted the generosity of the Landowner, so they accepted to work in His vineyard without demanding for condition of service.

Dear Friends in Christ, we too can learn to trust God’s generosity in same way. We should learn to work for God and depend on Him, without first asking what will be our reward. In Jeremiah 29:11, God the Owner of our life, has told us “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

The fear of having what you need is common. It can be especially tempting if you are placing yourself in a position of trusting God to provide. But God’s generosity and provision is perfect. When we seek God, He gives us exactly what is best, so we should learn to trust and resign to His will in our lives.

MASS: GREEN TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR(A) Is 55:6-9 Ps 145:2-3.8-9.17-18 (R.18a) 2 Phil 1:20c-24.27a; Accl Acts 16:14b; Gospel Mt 20:1-16

Prayer Point:

1.         Pray the Lord’s prayer and Psalm 23

Exercise: Learn to obey God in humble submission to His direction

Meditation: Luke 12:29-30