My beloved had a vineyard
He had a vineyard.
He took up labourers to work in it.
They agreed on the wages and started
Later on in the day, the owner went
to the square,
saw some out of work and he took them
to toil in his vineyard.
He did the same thing at noon and at
He even went out at five in the evening
employed more workers.
When at night all came for their salary,
he gave them all a denarius each.
The ones who started working early
They felt that their employer was not
They felt they deserved more.
How good we are at turning things upside
I am afraid we shall never understand
We were sitting,
bored stiff because we were not doing
lazing about in the square…
and Jesus Christ passed by and took
He gave us a break
- a unique opportunity to work with
He took pity on us.
The only one who cared enough
to pull us out our sloth and give our
He even shelled out assets and gave
He gave us a denarius.
The denarius of victory over death.
But what do I do?
What do we do?
Instead of being grateful for what
we focus on what we think we are doing
Instead of going down on our knees
for the simple reason that we do not
deserve to put our feet in his field,
we sit down to measure out things with
As if God is in any way obligated to
As if He is bound to give us anything!
As if it is not enough grace that he
us out of the plaza of futility!
As if the masses we go to,
the apostolate we carry out,
and the meetings we organize
are all favours we do to God!
We don’t realize that these are favours
God gives us
not for any merit of ours
but simply thanks to the great love
We don’t deserve so much.
We don’t deserve anything.
Let us stop being stupid!
We are like this patient who thinks
doing his doctor a favour
if he takes the medication he has ordered
Let us put things in the right perspective!
It was not us who preferred Jesus.
It was He who preferred and loved us.
The Christian is not the one who loves
The Christian is the one who realizes
God loves him.
When my God
comes to settle the accounts,
He gets mixed up.
He does not pay us
on the merits we think we have gained
but on His concern for us.
He will not give us what we deserve.
Just as well!
He will act on His heart.
It will be His feelings that will determine
Thanks be to God for that…
Because we know perfectly well what
feelings for us.
He is just … crazy about us.
Yes, thanks be to God indeed.
“Listen, mountains, to the case as Yahweh
Give ear, you foundations of the earth,
For Yahweh has a case against his people
And he will argue it with Israel.
“My people, what have I done to you,
how have I made you tired of me? Answer
For I brought you up from Egypt,
I ransomed you from the place of slave-labour
And sent Moses, Aaron
and Miriam to lead you.
My people, please remember
remember what you came across,
from Shittim to Gilgal
for you to know
Yahweh’s saving justice.”
(Micah 6, 2-5)
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