Friends, the parable at the heart of our Gospel today from Matthew 20 is one of those passages in the New Testament that really bothers people. It proves that this parable is not just conveying correct information about God; it is reaching into our souls and doing spiritual work, shining light upon a certain darkness in us that resists him. And in this case, the darkness is a false view of what heaven is all about.
- Reading 1 — Is 55:6-9
- Psalm — Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
- Reading 2 — Phil 1:20c-24, 27a
- Gospel — Mt 20:1-16a