Our God Calls Us
We know that the Lord calls people to serve and to work in His vineyard; but what we do not always realize is that God calls all. In different moments, the Lord goes and seeks out more and more people, as presented in this Sunday’s gospel reading.
There are two different ways to read this gospel: the first is to consider the different moments that people are called to in the kingdom of God. The second way is seeing that God is so great that He goes out to look for us, even when the hour is late.
God calls each of us at different moments. Among us there are different people called in different moments of their life. Some are called as early as from our childhood, for some of us there is not moment in our life in which God will not be present. Others, however, only receive the Lord’s call when they are older, sometimes at the end of their lives. Yet all of us are called; and each needs to answer.
Sometimes, when I consider the last group of workers who were called, and how they received the same pay as those who worked the whole day, it seems that something is not fair. But if those called at the end of the day were your brothers, sisters, sons, daughters or parents, then what might otherwise seem unfair becomes a cause for joy, does it not? This is real love, the love that desires to share what we ourselves have been given with others. God gives us the opportunity to share without losing anything, because when we share the gift from God, it is as if we are sharing the light of the sun; it does not matter how many people stand in the sunlight, for each can benefit from its rays. Just so, the love of God is more abundant than can ever be shared, and it will never diminish.
When we read and reflect on the gospel, let us take into consideration how God acts toward us. God is not content waiting for us to go to Him; He goes out and searches for us, giving us the opportunity to participate in that kingdom of Heaven of which the Lord is the most important part. God is a Father who wants his children to share His happiness. Here you can see and understand the greatness of the God whom we call “Father,” who always looks for us. And we should do the same: share with others that kingdom in which we participate, as Saint John writes in one of his letters:
What existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we observed and touched with our own hands—this is the Word of Life! This life was revealed to us, and we have seen it and testify about it. We declare to you this eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us. What we have seen and heard we declare to you so that you, too, can have fellowship with us. Now this fellowship of ours is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus, the Messiah. We are writing these things so that our joy may be full. (1 Jn 1:1-4)
– Fr. Sergio