. . . the rabbis said: “Solomon had three thousand parables to illustrate each and every verse [of Scripture], and a thousand and five interpretations for each and every parable”—which computes to a total of three million fifteen thousand interpretations for every scriptural verse.
Suppose we were to apply this statement to the Gospel about the labourers called to work in the vineyard at intervals throughout the day.
To begin with, one could apply the different summons to various moments of conversion, the earliest corresponding to cradle Catholics and the last to a death-bed conversion. In this reading, that everyone received the same wage would correspond to the fact that the faithful Christian and the repentant sinner receive essentially the same reward, namely, the beatific vision.