United States Conference of Secular institutes


Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Matthew 20:1-16

The laborers in this story are dissatisfied not for what they received but that others received as much. God promises to treat us with justice, and God’s justice is that everyone will be treated fairly.  Our capitalistic presuppositions do not work with God. Jesus did not tell this story as a guideline for fair labor practices. He was talking about life in general, and he was saying that we are headed for problems when we try to live our lives on a comparative basis with other people. So maybe today we should all pause for a moment take a look at our lives and not that of others and then thank God for the goodness he has placed in you.