A Labor of Love
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Today’s Reading: Matthew 20:1-16
“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 this current, Covid world. Especially with so many out of work.
Last spring we gained a fresh appreciation for those whom we suddenly recognized as ‘essential workers’. Not only doctors and nurses and orderlies and EMTs, though certainly them, but also grocery store workers and delivery people, workers some of us have overlooked or disregarded in the past. Treated unfairly. Paid unfairly.
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. -K
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