Every now and then our Sunday celebration reminds us more than usual of God's lavish and generous love. Today the Gospel presents the parable of the generous landowner and the workers in the vineyard, with the latecomers getting paid as much as those who worked all day. The message is that it's simply never too late to experience God's mercy and forgiveness. Today let us pray in gratitude for God whose generosity is so compelling. While the first reading and Gospel focus on God's great generosity and mercy toward us sinners, St. Paul urges us to conduct ourselves "in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ." As we listen to these sacred scriptures proclaimed today, let us ponder how we may reflect God's lavish love in our lives.
How will I stop acting like a self-appointed judge of "latecomers" and begin serving as a member of God's "welcome wagon?" After all, God has welcomed even me.