"So are you envious because I am generous?" (Matthew 20:15b)
Interesting words -- envious and generous. Have you thought about what they mean, especially as caregivers? Have you thought about how they affect you, and (or) what you do? How often are we looking at something and "grumbling" (v. 11) or saying 'that's not fair!'? If we are honest it is probably more often than we want to admit - even as caregivers already giving of our time.
This Gospel reading is giving us insight into what heaven is like. (Matthew 20:1) Jesus is reminding of God's generous love for each and all of us -- even those who come later to the field. God loves ALL of us very generously! The issue, I think, for the workers hired first is not they were paid last but they were paid the same. Remember it is the amount they agreed to work for. (v. 2) The grumbling is about the equality of pay, not the order of being paid. This leads to the owner's question of "are you envious" (it's not fair!).
It also leads to our asking ourselves are we "envious" or can we be "generous"? I don't, necessarily, mean with finances -- which can be very tight as caregivers. I am referring more to the gifts God has given each of us. Can we be generous with the listening ear, assistance with errands, giving someone time to rest by visiting with their care receiver - and the list goes on. How is God asking each of us to be "generous"?
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