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Christ’s Call


Wednes­day. [I Cor. 13:4–14:5; Matt. 20:1–16] In the para­ble about the hirelings, even he who worked only one hour was reward­ed equal­ly to the oth­ers by the mas­ter of the house. The hours of the day in this para­ble is an image of the course of our life. The eleventh hour is the fi?nal time in this life. The Lord shows that even those who lived with­out work­ing for Him up to that moment can start to work and please Him no less than oth­ers. There­fore, old age is no excuse; let no one despair, sup?posing that there is no point in start?ing to work. Start, and do not be cow­ard­ly; the Lord is mer­ci­ful; He will give you all that He gives oth?ers, here, accord­ing to the mea­sure of grace, and there, accord­ing to the rank of truth. Just have more fer?vour, and grieve more con­trite­ly a?bout the care­less­ness in which al?most all of your life was spent. You will say, the mas­ter of the house called those in the para­ble. So, let the Lord call me. But isn’t He call?ing? Could it real­ly be that you do not hear the voice of the Lord in the Church, say­ing, come unto Me all ye, and the Apos­tles’ call, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye rec­on­ciled to God (II Cor. 5:20).

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse