Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church Bulletin 7 September 2014

Weekly Reflection

"Thus the last will be first, and the first, last."

Matthew 20:1-16

In this week's Gospel, Jesus speaks of the generosity of God's grace. A landowner goes out at different times of the day - third (9am), sixth (12pm), ninth (3pm) and eleventh (5pm), to discover workers idling in the marketplace and hired them for the day in his vineyard. The agreed salary was 1 denarius a day.

When it was the end of the day, the earlier workers expected to receive more but upon receiving the same as those who arrived later, grumbled and was told off by the landowner.

In olden days, no work that day means no food for the family. In other words, if the workers at the eleventh hour had not been hired, they would have gone home without food for dinner. 

God is generous to open the doors of heaven to everyone regardless of their conversion timing. One may say that he would rather wait for near death and convert so as to have a 1 way ticket to heaven. The question is then, when do you know you will die? 

Do not mistake your time on earth to be unlimited as it is not. Make use of your time to know, to love and to serve Jesus faithfully throughout your life even though it can be challenging. Be assured of God's love, generosity and mercy for you as you work his will in your life.