Here we have the story of the householder who hired people to work in his field. He hired all he could at the beginning of the day, but then he came back again at the 6th, 9th and 11th hour, hiring those who were waiting for jobs then. At the end of the day, he gave those who were hired last the same pay as those who had been working all day. When someone voiced an objection, the householder had a reply.
We can take some comfort in this. Those of us who were born too late to suffer persecutions go on crusades, or cast a shadow in the reformations will still have our rewards for the work which we did do.