THE SENSE OF JUSTICE AND THE EXTRAVAGANT GRACE OF A MERCIFUL GOD

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Today’s readings are all about the sense of justice and the extravagant grace of a merciful God. While God is both just and merciful, God’s mercy often overrides His justice and, hence, God pardons us unconditionally and rewards us generously by opening Heaven for the
Gentiles and the Jews.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us the strange parable of a landowner who hired labourers at five different times during the course of one day to work in his vineyard but paid the same living wage for a full day’s work to all of them. This story of the landlord's love and generosity represents God’s love and generosity to all of us. It illustrates the difference between God's perspective and ours. God's provisions for our spiritual lives will never run out, and when we share our blessings with others, we tap into the inexhaustible Divine supply. This story shows us how God looks at us, sees our needs and meets those needs generously and mercifully. The parable also shows the mercy and generosity of God in allowing the later-called Gentiles as well the first-called Jews, His Chosen People, to enjoy the same eternal bliss of His Heavenly Kingdom.

Excerpt from Fr. Tony Kadavil’s homily on Mt 20:1-6 available at www.cbci.in/Sunday-reflection