Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kingdom of heaven

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus draws an interesting parallel between the Kingdom of Heaven and workers in the vineyard [20:1-16]

At the end of the day, when Master settles the wages, he gives all servants, those who came in first hour and to those who joined in last hour, the same wage. People who came in the first hour feel cheated and thus complaint to the master asking for an explanation for the evident bias. Master does not explain but replies “Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why should you be envious because I am generous?"[15]

The truth is, much more than the wage at the end of the day, what should have fulfilled them is the honor of serving the master [Jesus himself]. 

The experience of any labour depends on the nature of the master. We have a master who ties a loin cloth around his waist, bends down to wash our feet. He rises up to be dragged on the streets and be nailed to the wood in order to take upon himself the punishment that should have been ours.

We are all labourers in the vineyard of the Lord. The tragedy is that we don’t know who we are serving. And unfortunately the only consolation we look to is the wage at the end of the day. What an opportunity and honor we deprive our self of to unite with Christ here on earth despite being in his vineyard.

In the above story, the wage every one receives at the end of the day is Heaven. Yet the fact is that our experience in heaven [union with God] will be measured out to us according to our own desire to unite with Him [while we are on earth]. So if we miss here we miss there too.

In gospel of John, Jesus says, there are many rooms in his father’s house and He is going to prepare one for me” [14:2]. Heaven it is not a single performance for the heavenly crowd but a private experience with the triune God according to the resonance we bring forth from within. (yet in full communion with others)

All in heaven have been granted unique mansions [not according to our imagination] and an experience according to their own pure desire to dwell in the Trinitarian God. So in there, none compares his gift with others but each one is content to the full. In all this, all of us still share the same communion with each other and God. It’s like a beautiful harmony where no note is prominent than the other.

Waste no time! Desire therefore a intimate union with Christ. The time is now.