The readings of the day present us with a single theme for our meditation: the divine grace of mercy and the human response to this divine compassion. God is full of mercy and mùakes a covenant beyond human comprehension and He wishes man to discover this immense love to be converted and find his joy and happiness. Sadly, in his ignorance, man sees himself as one who is faithful according to his comparison with others (better than others) and waits for God to do him justice (as if God has done injustice to him), according to the graces that others have received, building his argument soley on human merits.
The readings of the day, invite us to discover divine thought, for God tells us in the first reading, "My thoughts are not your thoughts. To discover the divine thought, we must go to his vineyard and discover for ourselves the covenant made by God, and in that covenant which was already established between us and God, we were in complete agreement.
In truth, God Himself invited us to work in His vineyard, He Himself took the initiative, by seeing our mysery. This covenant was not made for God hismefl, but for our own good. God wanted to share his goodness and generosity with us. He wanted it to be with us, like parents looking for their children. The prophet Isaiah asks us be the child, like a branch that attaches itself to the vine. "Seek the Lord while he is found; call upon him while he is near, for he is in our midst, close to us.
God made this covenant, so that we would have a future, a bright and secure. It is in this future that we are invited to immerse ourselves, by being faithfull today to the covenant made in the past and renewed daily. That is why, for Saint Paul, this future in God and by God is more important than a future invented for him and by him. Life on earth is good and very pleasant. Yet St. Paul assures us of the existence of another life, another life on earth, a life for God, by God and in God, which God offers us daily, by his presence, by his nearness and by his benevolence. My brothers and sisters, let us trust in this divine goodness and generosity. He will never abandon us.
This parable tells us once again that God is good and his goodness does not count. It is a great mystery for us, for this God who is great becomes small through his incarnation, so that we may understand his greatness. God reveals Himself to all of us. We must have an eye of faith, to discover the truth, the truth as it is. Our God is merciful, not only to this man who arrived at the last moment, but also to the other who worked hard all day long. He lends his ear to this man and goes towards him, so that he may understand the divine generosity. Even if he was not fair to his master, the master does not ignore him. This is true divine justice, no one is abandoned by the Lord. God does not react, he acts and his actions are not according to our merits or our rights, but according to his inexhaustible love, without any condition.
In celebrating the Eucharist, we ask the Lord to adjust us to this love that he never ceases to have for us. Like Him, who went even to the eleventh hour, we must go to the outskirts of our society, seeking all those who are in need of this love. May the Lord teach us to look at others as brothers and sisters. In His Kingdom there are no first or last. We are all called to the same family table, all children of the same Father. Lord, you who are good, give us this look that is good, filled with love and mercy. Amen.