Deacon George’s Homily for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The spiritual truth that our Lord wanted to teach all the Jews, especially the Pharisees, was that the life of eternal happiness in heaven, is a sheer gift of God’s generosity. It cannot be earned by any person. The fact that the Jews were the Chosen People of God, up till then, was no guarantee that their future was assured. And the fact that other nations were pagans and sinners, was no impediment to their entrance into heaven, provided they turned to God and his Son Jesus. It was customary for workers to assemble at daybreak, in the squares of cities and towns, whereupon farmers and wine growers would higher them for a day’s work, namely 6am to 6pm. And for a day’s work, the standard wage, at that time, was one denarius…..