In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells a parable that at first glance seems antithetical to modern sensibilities. A vineyard owner is hiring day laborers to work in his fields, and early in the day he hires several workers at the usual going daily rate. Later in the day, the owner sees additional workers still standing at their gathering place, hoping for even a small job, and he tells them to go to the vineyard as well. Yet at the end of the day, the workers who labored for only a few hours receive a full day’s earnings. Those who put in a full day, naturally, expect something much more than that -- and when they also receive the full day’s pay that they had originally bargained for, they (and we) are struck with a profound sense of injustice that they are receiving exactly the same compensation as the partial-day workers. Instead, we think they ought to receive similar recompense per hour -- and the vineyard owner’s policies seem profoundly unfair to us. While this parable is most often interpreted as an allegory about God’s grace being equally available to us throughout our lives whether we accept it early or late, team member Mary Austin has a different viewpoint in this installment of The Immediate Word.
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