Reflecting on the Reading

Did you miss me last week? I had the worst head cold and just wasn't getting much done in terms of life and especially this blog! I'm back this week though and to make up for it I'm planning on posting every day this week! Today on this lovely Monday morning I wanted to share some thoughts from this Sunday's gospel reading in church, first I'll share it with you:

1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

I just love this reading and wanted to share the 5 main things I got out of it.

1. God won't just wait for us to come to him, he will go out to get us.
2. It doesn't matter how long it takes to come to Him, we will still be equal to all those who have always followed Him.
3. God will call us even in our last hour.
4. Christians have to be careful not to think that "working in the vineyard" all our lives means that we deserve more.
5. God is generous.

What are your thoughts on this?

Happy Monday!



  1. I love the lessons that you shared... they are better than the ones that the priest shared at mass !! I will remember those now each time I hear that reading... in fact I will remember them every day !! Thank you for sharing your wisdom !!

  2. Glad your back.Missed you last week.Take care.Like what you said about the reading.What mom said better than the priest

  3. A great lesson, thank you! It is so true that God will go out and get us. Time and time again I am moved by His perfect timing.

  4. Thank you for the sweet comments! So glad that I was able to share. It's very true Tamsyn, God's timing is so perfect. =)


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