WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2017
The World Day of Prayer 2017 host country will be the Philippines and the theme, prepared by the women, is “Am I Being Unfair to You?” The scripture reading for the service is Matthew 20:1-16. The Bible study texts are Matthew 20:1-16 and Numbers 27:1-11.
The Philippines is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean consisting of about 7,641 islands. The Philippines is an officially secular state, although Christianity is the dominant faith. Catholic Church data from 2015 found that about 82.9% of the population professed Catholicism. Protestants are estimated to be less than 5% of the total population.
Rowena “Apol” Laxamana-Sta.Rosa is a United Methodist Church member and currently resides in Cavite, Philippines. She loves to draw women as her subject, because it reflects the struggles of being a woman – being a mother for her children and being a wife for her husband. Painting and sketching is part of her daily routine.
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
1For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them a denariusa for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5So they went. He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ 7 ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ 8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ 9The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ 13But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20:1-16 NIV)