Are you envious because I am generous?

(Matthew 20:15)

When the workers who had labored all day discovered that those hired in the last watch received the same pay, they grumbled. They got the fair wage that they had been promised, but they felt they deserved more. They were not slighted.

Do we feel that we are worthier than our neighbors? When we consider the parable of the prodigal son, do we empathize with his brother? If we got exactly what we deserved, where would we be? You give us, instead, what we need. Everything we have is a gift chosen especially for each of us. Let us give thanks and be glad.

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