Laboring in Love

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Sunday, September 4 at 10 am | Bulletin

“Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?”  Matthew 20

Happy Labor Day Weekend! ‘Labor’ has certainly taken on new meanings in our ‘new normal’ world. Many people are working from home, changing jobs, or still out of work.  Polls tell us that support for labor unions is higher than it’s been in decades, as we grow less tolerant of injustice and exploitation of workers.

In the Parable of the Vineyard, the workers are hired at different times, and so work a different number of hours. But at the end of the day, each worker is paid a living wage. Is that fair? The workers who have labored all day don’t think so. But the owner of the vineyard pays them each not what they have earned, but what they need.

The same is true of God, it seems to me. God is the One who gives us not what we’ve earned, but what we need. Thank God.