Landlords and Rejects

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 09/18/2014

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A
September 21, 2014

“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.”
(Matthew 20:1)

Landlords and Rejects

Heavenly Father, you are heaven’s Landlord.
Like the landowner in the parable, you begin your search at dawn.
Who will work in my earthly kingdom?
Wages are good and generous.
The benefits are out of this world!
Come, work in my vineyards.

Periodically, as Landlord of the heavenly vineyard, you search for workers.
Finally, as sun is setting on the day, one more time you search.
“Why do you stand here idle all day?”
“…because no one has hired us.” (Matthew 20: 6b-7)


  • The lazy ones,
  • The alcoholics,
  • The jobless,
  • The untrained,

The immigrant, and whomever landowners deemed unacceptable.

God, the heavenly landowner says to these rejects:
“You too go into my vineyard.”

At the end of the work day each received a just wage agreed upon at the beginning of the day.
“Unfair!” murmurs a worker.
No, just generous.
That is who our heavenly Landlord is—generous, just, compassionate and accepting.
At the end of my last day on earth, may I be considered an acceptable worker in the Heavenly
Vineyard of the Lord. Amen.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What do I use as my yardstick of measuring who is acceptable or unacceptable?
  2. What might the “search for workers” symbolize in this parable?
  3. If I am jobless, why might someone not hire me?
  4. What credentials are needed by one who truly works for the Lord?
  5. How does public service and volunteering fit into this parable today?
  6. When did you or will you accept the Lord’s invitation: “You too go into my vineyard”?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Sister M. Helen Chasar September 18, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Dear Sister Juliemarie,
Thank you for this inspiring Prayer Poem that encourages us to practice unconditional love of Jesus.
God love you.
Sister Helen


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND September 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

Dear Helen, very late response due to ignorance of system, password etc. I always appreciate your comments. They help me see if the poem is affecting the hearts of my readers. Thank you. srjm


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND September 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

Helen, perhaps this is one of the most difficult responses to give Jesus. Agape love needs special graces we need to ask of God. srjm


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