When the last ones came, those who had worked from daybreak, they were surprised at receiving one denarius each and they complained to the supervisor who said to them: 'That is the order I was given. Go and complain to the landowner, not to me'. And they went and said: 'You have not been fair! We have worked for twelve hours, first in the dewy moisture, then in the heat of the sun and once again in the dampness of the evening, and you have given us the same wages you gave the lazy workers who worked for one hour only!... Why?'. And one of them in particular raised his voice saying that he had been betrayed and exploited undeservedly.
'My friend, in what have I wronged you? What did I agree with you at daybreak? One full day's work and the wages of one denarius. Did I not?'
'Yes, that is true. But you have given the same wages to those who have worked much less...'
'Did you agree to that pay because it seemed fair?'
'Yes. I agreed because others pay less.'
'Were you ill-treated by me?'
'In all conscience...no'.
'I granted you a long rest during the day and I gave you some food, did I not? You had three meals. And food and rest were not agreed upon. Is that right?'
'Yes. They were not agreed upon'.
'Why did you accept them, then?'
'Well...You said: I prefer to do so, so that you will not get tired going back home.' And we could hardly believe that it was true...Your food was good, and we saved, and...'
It was a favor that I was doing you gratuitously and that none of you could pretend. Is that right?'
'That is true.'
'So I did you a good turn. Well, why are you complaining? I should complain of you, because, although you realised that you were dealing with a good master, you worked lazily, whereas those who came after you and had one meal only, and the last arrivals who had none at all, set to work with a will and in a shorter time they did the same work that you did in twelve hours. I would have betrayed you if I had halved your wages to pay them. But that is not the case. So take what is yours and go away. Are you going to come to my house and impose me to do what suits you? I do what I like and what is fair. Don't be malicious and don't compel me to be unfair. For I am good.'
"I solemnly say to all of you who are listening to Me, that the Father God makes the same agreement with all men and promises that same reward to everybody. Those who serve the Lord diligently will be treated by Him with justice, even if they do little work, being close to death. I solemnly tell you that the first will not always be the first in the Kingdom of Heaven, where we shall see that the last are first and the first are last. We shall see there that men who do not come from Israel are holier than many men of Israel...I have come to call everybody, in the name of God. But if many are called, few are chosen, because few want Wisdom. He is not wise who lives according the the world and to flesh, but not according to God. He is neither wise for earth nor for Heaven. Because on earth he will make enemies, will receive punishment and will feel remorse. And he will lose Heaven forever.
"I repeat: be good to your neighbor, whoever he may be. Be obedient and leave to God the task of punishing those who are unjust in giving orders. Be continent by resisting sensuality, be honest by resisting gold, be coherent by saying anathema to what deserves it, not when it suits you, considering yourselves free to get in touch later with what you previously cursed. Do not do to other people what you would not like done to yourselves..."
Written by Maria Valtorta