The truth of the matter is that when it comes to earthly goods, particularly money, most of us would side with the laborers first hired in today’s Gospel and be upset over the employer’s decision to pay those who worked the least the same as those who labored all day. It just doesn’t sound "fair" even though we would have received exactly what we had bargained for. We can reach erroneous conclusions like this when we shift our focus from our relationship with God to His relationship with others. When we start comparing ourselves with others, we become jealous and can grow apart from God.
Ironically, when we shift our focus to our eternal fate, we have a far different perspective. We fully expect to be the beneficiary of God’s mercy at the time of our personal Judgment, looking forward then to being treated like those last hired in today’s Gospel – receiving what we have not earned and did not deserve.
Thank God that He is more merciful and generous than we!