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Submit Your Resignation

the last will be first, and the first, last
Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18; Philippians 1:20-24,27; Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon Week Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 20:16

A young man went through college dreaming of landing an executive position in his father's big manufacturing plant. On graduation day, the father took him aside and said, "Son, now you're ready to come into the family business." Immediately, the young man had visions of a big, plush office, a large staff of assistants, and a hefty executive salary. "I'll start work tomorrow, dad," he said enthusiastically. After which, the father said, "Of course, to learn the business, you'll have to start at the bottom.

"To begin with, your job will be to water the hundreds of plants located in our buildings." The son protested. "I've changed my mind. I'm not coming to work tomorrow." Later, he thought better of his decision and decided to go along with his father. And so, he accepted the job and reported for work the next day. The father hoped for the best but was concerned that despite his son's good intentions, he wouldn't stay on the job for long. But he stopped worrying when the young man showed him his new business card, which read, "PLANT MANAGER."

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is speaking to the disciples in parables. He tells the story of an employer who needs workers for his vineyard. He goes into the marketplace of the city to look for unemployed men waiting to be hired. He finds some day laborers, and they agree on a price for a day's work. As the day goes on, more laborers are needed, and more are hired at the same wage. When the time comes at sunset for the workers to be paid, the employer tells his foreman to pay all the workmen the same wage, beginning with those who were hired last. Each worker is to receive a full day's pay. The workers who were hired first and worked the longest begin to complain, and even challenge the employer. They try to tell him how to manage his business. "The last worked only one hour," they grumble, "and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day" (Mt. [...]

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