THEME: SATISFACTION AND CONTENTMENT
The two words above lie at the very foundation of true peace, true joy and true happiness. It’s not the amount of goods and riches we acquire in this life in comparison to our friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc., that will bring us joy and happiness. Joy and happiness stem from accepting who we are, how God has created us, what God has given us, when he gives us and where he gives us.
This sums up the Gospel text of today. The workers who were hired first begrudge the masters generosity not because they were paid less, but because those who came later were paid the same with them.
Often, we’re more concerned with the dealings of others than ours. The progress of our friends, the success of our classmates, the growth of our neighbours and we begin to begrudge God not because he’s not doing enough in our lives, but because he does same in the lives of others. This grows into envy and jealousy, a canker worm that eats up personal peace, joy and happiness, and thence, brings division and discord in the community of believers.
God created us specially. He knows what we need. He knows our peculiar predicaments and conditions of life. Thus, he gives us in commensurate proportion. Take what he gives as the Good Shepherd and be contented. That you began first, does not necessarily mean you must end first. It all depends on God.