August 15, 2022     7:12 am
58. Week of Third Sunday after Epiphany - Monday
The last shall be first, and the first, last.
          The last shall be first, and the first, last.   Mathew 20:1-15
          This is another warning parable in addition to that of yesterday. - The kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a dollar a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place and said to them: "You also go into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you." So they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and said to them: "Why are you standing here all the day idle?" They said to him: "Because no man has hired us." He said to them: "You also go into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that you shall receive." So when evening came, the lord of the vineyard said to his foreman: "Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last to the first." And when those came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they all received a dollar. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; but they likewise all received a dollar. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good-man of the house, saying: "These last have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden and the heat of the day." But he answered one of them and said: "Friend, I do you no wrong: didn't you agree with me for a penny? Take that which is yours, and go your way; I will give to this last, even as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil because I am good?" (Matt. 20:1-15.)
          "So the last shall be first, and the first last," said Jesus at the end of this parable. In the kingdom of God nothing but grace avails. And it is God's will of His great goodness to make the last equal to the first. And he that, knowing this, forever has an evil eye and would boast of his own pitiful merit, shall be last in such a way that he cannot remain in the kingdom of God. From this may God defend us!
          PRAYER: - Lord God, dear Heavenly Father, who from childhood in numerous and varied ways has effectually called and invited us into Your kingdom of grace, as into Your vineyard, I thank You for such unmerited favour bestowed upon me. And I beseech You that through Your Holy Spirit I may not only follow Your voice, but also, trusting purely and solely in the merit of Your dear Son Jesus Christ, continue in Your grace, until, through the same, I enter eternal bliss. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:12 am