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Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ezekiel 34:1-11
Psalm 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6
Matthew 20:1-16
One by one, our Lord is gathering all his people. It doesn˅t matter
who comes first and who comes last. All will be welcomed into his
I used to have a difficult time accepting the teachings of the Parables
of the Laborers. It is true that the wages were negotiated and ac-
cepted by the first group of laborers. It is also the landowner˅s
money and he could be generous to the last group of laborers if he
so pleased. However, the first laborers did put in a lot more effort.
This is not ˈfairˉ! Same theory as I used to think that the best ˈdealˉ
would be for one who get baptized as late as one could be in order to
ˈgain accessˉ to heaven without sinning or having to ˈworkˉ too much
at it.
Of course as I matured I realized I was totally wrong. Faith is about
our relationship with God the Father. The sooner we know Him, the
more we can enjoy Him. He guides our daily lives with His teachings.
We find support from our faith and church as we face our difficulties
and challenges. We find meaning in serving God. The peace and joy
that come as a result enhance the quality of our life and our relation-
ship with the people around us. It has nothing to do with work at all!
Furthermore, it is easy for us to be lenient to ourselves and harsh on