"Are you envious because I am generous?"
Strange gospel today.
When people without a great deal of knowledge about God would read this passage, they might think that God is teaching about injustice. The problem of justice in today's world is very timely especially when we see so much injustice.
But a negative evaluation of this parable is not good. Jesus wants to introduce the kingdom of God.
As we read this passage we see in the first line not the workers, but the master- full of compassion and mercy.
As you can see in this parable, any initiative comes from the host, that is God.
The worker does not decide whether he will work or not, he needs only to express his will, but if God does not call him he will not work. The basic truth of today's gospel is that salvation is the property of God. He planned it that way- and He gives salvation to whom He wishes. The denary, is a symbol of happiness of the eternal God agreeing with all of us.
This is the first and fundamental truth about God. The second part of the gospel reveals the truth about us. It shows a jealous man. Those who worked longer regarded themselves as better, and looked on the latter as someone not worthy. This is a danger that can touch me not only in everyday life, but in my faith life also. We cannot dispute that God loves everyone the same. He loves the thief, the swindler, bandit and those far away from Him.
We will never understand this because we will never understand the nature of God, because God's justice is mercy - and this mercy we must be willing to learn.