The Parable of the Vineyard Workers


Matthew 20:1-16


Christ taught the goodness and mercy of God.

Jesus went far beyond human justice.

All of us benefit from God’s goodness.

Working in the vineyard is a blessing.


God is quite just. Paul Just played basketball.

Let’s be grateful he played for Notre Dame.

Regardless of when God calls, let’s say yes.

When He will call is anybody’s guess.


Instead of accusing employers of

Acting wrongly, Jesus said don’t judge God.

Accept the gifts of God; also thank Him

For involvement in His salvation plan.


When my grandfather negotiated, this

Was the parable that he like to use.


Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas.  McCaskey’s latest book is Tuition Rebate.   Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel and Poems About the Gospel II are books for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem–both books are available from Amazon.

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