This Sunday's Gospel (about the laborers who work from dawn to dusk receiving the same payment as those who work for only one hour) certainly offends our sensibilities regarding justice--until we take a closer look.
What we often forget are the families dependent upon the men looking for work all day. The owner asks the men why they have not been working and they explain that they have tried everything possible but have been unsuccessful. They would love to work!
This situation repeats itself daily in our country. I've witnessed it many times outside of Home Depot in Houston. Men wait for a truck to drive up and run to be the first to offer their services to the farmer or employer who drives up. What if that employer kept the man's family in mind? Might he or she, in mercy, offer a full day's wage for the sake of the man's hungry family members at home?
Perhaps we gain here a new sense of what Scripture means when it says Mercy triumphs over Justice/Judgment. Correspondingly, Pope Benedict reminds us that employers ought to help ensure "the right to a just wage and to the personal security of the worker and his or her family" (Caritas in Veritate, 63).
Fr. Anthony Wieck, S.J.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
Men: 9/25, 9/28, 10/9, 10/12
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