The Workers in the Vineyard – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage, Jesus explains that 鈥渢he last will be first, and the first will be last.鈥 In this lesson, students will reflect on the vice of envy and the importance of putting others before themselves.

Lesson Materials


  • Have your students read the Gospel passage, or read it aloud to your students, and then answer the focus questions.
  • Review and discuss the answers when they have completed the focus questions.
  • Working individually, have your students reflect on the scenarios in The Last Shall Be First activity.
  • When complete, have your students turn to a neighbor and discuss the answers to their reflection. Then discuss the reflection to the final question as a class.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. To hire laborers for his vineyard.
  2. They agree on the usual daily wage.
  3. He will give them what is just.
  4. The landowner asks them, 鈥淲hy do you stand here idle all day?鈥 and they answer him, 鈥淏ecause no one has hired us.鈥
  5. They saw that all the laborers received the same daily wage. They thought they should be paid more since they had worked all day and the last laborers had only worked for one hour.
  6. He says that they had agreed to the daily wage, and that he is free to do what he wills with his own money. He then asks them if they are envious because he is generous.
  7. Jesus says that the last will be first and the first will be last.

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