FULL COMPENSATION

To human sense, justice may seem scant and mercy wanting, but Christian Science reveals divine justice as transcending human inequities and meting out full and merciful recompense to all.

Perhaps this is the lesson Christ Jesus intended we should gather from his parable of the eleventh hour (Matt. 20:1-19), one of his profound parables which concern the kingdom of heaven and our gaining of it. In it he described a householder who hired laborers in the early hours of the morning to work in his vineyard. Later, at the third hour, the sixth, and the ninth, he hired others and promised all whatever pay was right. Finally, at the eleventh hour, he again hired men, giving the same promise. But when they were paid, all received the same recompense. When those who had labored long murmured, the householder said, "Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?"

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