“You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.”
Jesus told the parable of the landowner who hired laborers to work in his vineyard at the start of the day…during the middle of the day…and at the end of the day. But they were all paid the same wage which resulted in the ones who worked the longest to grumble in anger. It’s just seems unfair! Jesus likened the vineyard to the “kingdom of heaven.” This is the kind of world God wants…a place where we all work together for peace and justice…and all receive the same amount of God’s endless love. The landowner in this parable is God. The people invited to do God’s work in the vineyard are each of us. At the end of the parable the landowner asked the grumbling workers, “Are you envious because I am generous?” God’s love is free and abundant. There is no end. And it has nothing to do with our earning it or being worthy of it. We only are asked to accept it. This is Good News! We are all asked to rejoice for anyone who turns and accepts God’s love at any time in their life’s journey. God’s justice is restorative…not punitive. In the kingdom of God…all are loved equally and extravagantly. It has nothing to do with our goodness…but everything to do…with God’s. You are being invited into the vineyard. Will you accept the invitation?
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