In today's first reading we are called to let go of trying to fit God into our own comfortable way of thinking. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways", says the LORD. In the Gospel, Jesus' parable of the landowner and the labourers teaches us about mercy, for among God's people, there is no such thing as "first come, first served".
This parable tends to stir mixed feelings for many, especially for those listening to the story of for the first time. The topic of receiving a just pay for a day's work is something so many people have and continue to deal with even today. However, this story is not about labor justice as we think of it today. It is about God's merciful love and generosity.
No one deserves more than another because of what they have done for God, or for their achievements. So, today we are reminded that God does things differently, the full-day's wage in the story is like the gift of forgiveness and salvation, shared equally and abundantly with all.