Vocation Meditation

posted Feb 11, 2012, 2:38 PM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
Jesus told his disciples this parable: "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out 
early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why are you standing here idle all day?' They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard.' When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' So the last will be first, and the first will be last. The landowner needs workers for his vineyard. Even though Christ is all-powerful and does not need to, he has still chosen to do his work through us. He comes seeking coworkers. He comes because he wants to be able to say to us, Well done, good and faithful servant! He invites everyone he finds. When he calls us, we might think we don't have enough talent, or are too young, too inexperienced to contribute anything, or that the task is beyond us, or think it was only a coincidence he found us there…, but nothing can change the fact that he wants us to work at building his Kingdom no matter who we are, where we are, and what we are like. It takes trust; it takes humility. It takes generosity and it takes love. Visit www.vocation.com for more meditations