WORKERS OF THE LAST HOUR
INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE SPIRITS: The last shall he the first. -
The mission of the Spiritists. - The workers of the Lord.
1. For the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went
out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with
the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the
third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them; Go ye also
into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way Again he
went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he
went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day
idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into
the vineyard; and whatsoever is right that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord
of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning
from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour,
they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should
have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny And when they had
received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, saying, These last have
wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden
and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst
not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this
last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye
evil, because lam good? So the last shall be first and the first last: for many be called, but few
chosen (Matthew, 20: 1-16. See also the Parable of the Wedding Feast, Chapter 18, item No.
INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE SPIRITS
THE LAST SHALL BE THE FIRST
2. The worker of the last hour has a right to his wages; nevertheless, it is important that his
lateness be not due to either laziness or reluctance, but to the fact that, although willing to work, he
had been patiently waiting for someone to employ him. He has a right to his wages because, being
hardworking, he has waited anxiously since dawn for someone who would finally offer work. It
was only that he lacked opportunity.
However, if he had refused to work at any time during the day, or if he had said: "Wait a
while, rest is very agreeable to me; when the last hour sounds then I will think about the day's
wages; what necessity have I to be bothered by an employer I have no regard for and don't even
know? The later the better!" Then this person, my friends, would not have received the wages of
work but of laziness.
What would you say then of someone who, instead of remaining inactive, utilized those
hours destined for the day's labour to practice culpable acts; who blasphemed against God, spilt the
blood of his brothers, launched perturbation amongst families, ruined those who trusted in him by
abusing their innocence; who, in short, satiated himself with all the ignominies of human nature?
What would become of him? Is it enough for him to say at the last hour: "Master, I used my time
badly. Take me on till the end of the day so l do some work, although it will be very little of what
was my share, and give me the wages of a good worker"? No! No! The Lord will say to him: "I
have no work for you at present. You squandered away your time; you forgot what you had learnt;
you can no longer work in my vineyard. Consequently, you must recommence your learning, and
when you are better disposed come again to me and I will throw open my vast fields to you, where
you may work at any time."
Good Spiritists, my dearly beloved, you are all workers of the last hour. The one who says:
“I began work at dawn and will only finish at nightfall," is very conceited. All of you came when
you were called, some a little earlier, some a little later, to this incarnation whose shackles you now
carry. For how many centuries has the Lord called you to His vineyard without you wishing to
enter it? Here is the moment to pocket your wages, so put to good use the time that is left and never
forget that your existence, however long it may appear to be, is nothing but a fleeting moment in
the immensity of time which forms eternity. - CONSTANTINE, a Protecting Spirit (Bordeaux,
3. Jesus liked the simplicity of symbols and in His virile language the workers who arrived
at the first hour were the prophets, Moses and all the initiates, who have marked the steps of
progress which continued to be signposted throughout the ages by the apostles, the martyrs, the
founders of the Church, the wise men, the philosophers and finally by the Spiritists. These, who are
the last to come, were announced and prophesied from the dawn of the advent of the Messiah and
they will receive the same recompense or, I should say, a larger recompense. Being the last to
arrive, the Spiritists take advantage of all the intellectual labours of their predecessors, because Man
must inherit from Man and because human work and the subsequent results are collective: God
blesses solidarity. Moreover, many who relive today, or who will relive tomorrow, are terminating
work begun previously. More than one patriarch, more than one prophet, more than one disciple of
Christ is to be found amongst these; nevertheless, more enlightened, more advanced, working now
not at the base but at the summit of the edifice. These then will receive wages according to the
value of the undertaking.
The beautiful doctrine of reincarnation is perpetual and needs spiritual affiliation. A Spirit,
when called upon to give an account of its earthly mandate, sees for itself the continuity of an
interrupted task, which is always resumed. It sees, it feels, it intuitively grasps the thoughts of those
who have preceded. It begins the lesson anew, matured by experience, to advance yet further. And
all of them, the workers of the first and last hours, with their eyes fully open to the profound justice
of God, murmur no more: they simply adore.
This is one of the true meanings of this parable which holds, as do all those utilized by Jesus
when speaking to the people, the rudiments of the future and also, in all forms and from all aspects,
the revelation of the magnificent unity which harmonizes all things in the Universe and the
solidarity which joins all present beings to the past and to the future. HENRI HEINE (Paris, 1863).
THE MISSION OF THE SPIRITISTS
4. Do you not already hear the noise of the tempest which will sweep away the old world
and destroy all the iniquities of this planet? Ah, praise the Lord, all those who have put their faith
in His sovereign justice and who, as new apostles of the belief revealed by the superior prophetical
voices, go forth to preach the new doctrine of reincarnation and the elevation of Spirits according
to whether they have fulfilled their missions and supported their terrestrial trials well or badly.
Do not be afraid! The tongues of fire are above your heads. Oh, true adepts of Spiritism . . .
you are God's chosen ones! Go forth and preach the Divine Word. The time has come when you
should sacrifice your habits, your work, and your futile occupations to its dissemination. Go forth
and preach! The elevated Spirits are with you. You will most certainly speak to those who do not
wish to hear the Voice of God, because this Voice calls them unceasingly to abnegation. You will
preach disinterestedness to those who are avaricious, abstinence to the dissolute, gentleness to
domestic tyrants and despots! Lost words, I know, but it does not matter. It is necessary that you
irrigate the land to be sown with the sweat of your labour, seeing that it will not come to fruit nor
produce except under the repeated blows of the evangelical hoe and plough. Go forth and preach!
To all of you, men and women of good faith who are conscious of your inferiority before
the many worlds scattered in infinite space! . . . Launch yourselves into the crusade against injustice
and iniquity. Go forth and ostracize the worship of the golden calf, which spreads more and more
each day. Go forth; God guides you! Simple and ignorant humanity, your tongues will be freed and
you will speak as no orator speaks. Go forth then and preach, for those of the population who are
heedful will happily take in your words of consolation, fraternity, hope and peace.
What matter the ambushes rigged against you along the pathway! Only wolves fall into wolf
traps, since the Shepherd will know how to defend His sheep from the sacrificial butchers.
Go forth those who, great before God and more blessed than Saint Thomas, believe without
demanding to see and accept the fact of mediumship even when they have not managed to obtain it
for themselves. Go then, for the Spirit of God is guiding you.
March forward, magnificent phalanx of faith! Before you the great battalions of unbelievers
will dissipate, as does the morning dew at the first rays of the sun.
Jesus said that faith is the virtue which moves mountains. However, heavier that the greatest
mountain are the impurities and all the vices which are derived from them, which lie deposited in
the hearts of men. So then, depart full of courage to remove this mountain of iniquities which
future generations should only know as legend, in the same way that you know only very
imperfectly of the times which preceded pagan civilization.
Moral and philosophical upheavals will be produced at all points of the globe; the hour
approaches when the Divine Light will spread itself over both worlds.
THE WORKERS OF THE LORD
5. The time approaches when those things which have been announced for the
transformation of humanity will be accomplished. All those who have worked in the field of the
Lord with disinterestedness and no other motive than charity, will be blessed! Their working days
will be paid a hundred times more than was expected. Blessed are those who have said to their
fellow men: "Let us work together and unite our efforts so that when the Lord arrives He will find
His work finished," seeing that the Lord will say to them: "Come unto me, you who have been
good servants, you who knew how to silence your rivalries and discords so that no harm should
come to the work!" But woe to those who as a result of their dissensions have held back the time of
the harvest, because the tempest will come and they will be taken away in the turbulence! They will
cry out: "Mercy! Mercy!" However, the Lord will say to them: "How can you implore mercy when
you had none for your fellow men and refused to offer them a helping hand, trampling on the weak
instead of upholding them? How can you beseech mercy when you sought your recompense in
earthly pleasures and the satisfaction of your pride? You have already received your recompense,
just as you wished. There is nothing more to ask for; the celestial rewards are for those who have
not looked for earthly compensations."
At this very moment God is preparing a census of His faithful servants, and has already
taken note of those whose devotion is only apparent, so that they may not usurp the wages of the
courageous servants, because those who do not draw back from the task are the ones to whom He
entrusted the most difficult positions in the great work of regeneration by means of Spiritism.
These words will be fulfilled: "The first shall be the last and the last shall be the first in the
Kingdom of Heaven." - THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH (Paris, 1862).