25th Week, Ordinary Time (Year A) : Sunday, 24th September 2023

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 20:1-2, 8-13, 15-16

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day and sent them to his vineyard.

‘In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.”  So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each.  They took it, but grumbled at the landowner saying, “The men who came last have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.”

‘He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius?  Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why should you be envious because I am generous?”

‘Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Today’s parable shows the extraordinary generosity and compassion of God. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and paid the price of salvation for everyone. Salvation is a free gift, but not everyone takes up the offer.


  • Some people accept Jesus earlier in life and have the joy of living and working in God’s ways for many years. Others put off accepting Jesus until late in life, or when they are about to die. They only get to enjoy living in God’s grace and serving Him for a short time.


  • Those who believe and accept Jesus earlier in life should not be envious of those who accept Jesus late in their life. If you know of anyone who has not accepted Jesus, share your faith and bring this person to the Lord.