In this week’s Gospel reading, It is only natural on a first superficial reading of this passage to find ourselves agreeing with the complainers that the owner of the vineyard was treating them unfairly. But a closer reading and reflection enables us to see that it really isn’t so. This is especially true when we realize that the parable is an illustration of the way things are different in the Kingdom of Heaven then they are in the kingdom of humans. When we realize what this parable teaches indirectly about our eternal rewards, then our response becomes much different! We should yearn for all to go to heaven, even our enemies and those who now do not follow Christ. Our prayer should be for their conversion in the hope we could rejoice with them after they have been reconciled with the Lord.
Fr. Jason Keas