Today’s Gospel passage includes a story which we have all heard many times.
Let’s look at 3 different symbols in the story and see how they relate to us.
The vineyard owner represents God,
God who is desperate for the harvest.
The Vineyard Owner was worried about his grapes.
God is worried about our souls.
He is so worried that He will do anything except take away our freedom to bring us home to Him in heaven.
God is so desperate that he sends his foreman out into the market place over and over and over again until the last moment of the day to find workers for his harvest.
Like the vineyard owner God is recklessly generous.
It doesn’t matter if we’ve worked for God’s Kingdom from our youth or if we
seek him in the last moments of our lives,
our reward is the same everlasting life with Him in heaven.
The workers are us.
Some of us are hard workers, some of us are not.
Some of us have worked for a long time, some of us have not.
Like the workers who waited all day in the hope that they would get at least some work so that they could feed their families,
all of us want a good life and want to take care of those we love.
Sometimes, like the workers in the vineyard we become jealous of what others have, even though God gives us all or want we need.
With all of our faults we are still loved by God and needed by him.
The work of the harvest is saving souls,
our soul and the souls of others.
Sadly, lots people mistakenly believe that their work
or their purpose here on earth is to amass as much as they can for themselves and those they love.
We all know people who drive themselves just about crazy trying to do just that.
The scripture we heard a couple of weeks ago rings so true
“What profit a man to gain the whole world and in the process loose his soul?”
We need to remind ourselves over and over again that our work and our purpose is to find our way home to God and to bring as many people as we can with us.
If we were able to write that very important truth on our hearts lot of what we do and how we do it would change.
God needs workers.
God needs us to bring in his harvest.
Our purpose and our mission is God’s work,
not worldly success.
The reward for our work is great everlasting life.
If we are not ready or willing or able to do God’s work,
God will not give up on us.
Rather, He sends his foremen to the Marketplace of our lives over and over again,
until our very last breath to seek our help in his most important work.
Thanks be to God…
Let us be about God’s work… the harvest is great the workers are few. AMEN