The parable of the workers in the vineyard always intrigues me. I feel I would also become frustrated if I were to be paid the same amount as others who had performed less work. Although wage disparity and equal pay are hot topics in today’s society, it is not the compensation for work that Jesus wants us to focus on. The parable rather seems to demonstrate how his gift of salvation will be received by believers at different times during our lives and yet accepting this gift is equally valuable to us all for it leads to eternal life.
Jesus states in the parable, “Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” In retrospect, I desire all to be made aware of Christ's love. Unfortunately, my actions do not always emulate this and I avoid opportunities to evangelize or I create separation from people I have differences with. I must learn to better rejoice in Christ's gifts to me, as well as strive to make all aware of the sacrifice he gave. Rejoice in Jesus’ generosity and avoid envy at all costs!