Jesus told his disciples this parable:
"The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard....When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, "Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first."
When those who had started about five o'clock came,
each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
"These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day's burden and the heat."
He said to one of them in reply,
"My friend, I am not cheating you.
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?"
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."
OFFERING OF THE DAY BY ST THERESE
My Lord, I offer You all the actions I did today,
for the intentions and the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus;
I would like to sanctify the beating of my heart, my thoughts
and my most simple work by joining them to His most infinite merits,
to repair my faults by throwing them in the blaze of His Merciful Love.
O my God I ask You for myself and for those I love for
the grace to accomplish perfectly Your holy wish,
to accept for Your Love the joys and pains of this passage that is life
so that one day we can be reunited in Heaven for all eternity. St. Therese National Office, Dublin, Ireland