For 23 August 2017, Wednesday of 20th week, based on Matthew 20:1-16
Jesus said: â€˜For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine oâ€™clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, â€œYou also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.â€ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three oâ€™clock, he did the same. And about five oâ€™clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, â€œWhy are you standing here idle all day?â€ They said to him, â€œBecause no one has hired us.â€ He said to them, â€œYou also go into the vineyard.â€ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, â€œCall the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.â€ When those hired about five oâ€™clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, â€œThese last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.â€ But he replied to one of them, â€œFriend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?â€ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.