The parable we hear this Sunday, of the land owner who pays all the workers the same wage despite the fact that some worked all day and others just for an hour, is one that most hearers will find uncomfortable. In a country where there is so many economic disparity this parable challenges any sense of justice we might think we have.

From a purely human, logical point of view, this parable offends our sense of ethical and fair labour management. Trade unions would be up in arms. We don’t like to hear and don’t grasp the radical nature of God’s generosity, compassion, and just how the in-breaking Kingdom of God into our lives contradicts our logic and wisdom. The Prophet Isaiah reminds us this weekend that “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts, says the Lord”.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20-24,27 & Matthew 20:1-16.

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