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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