Jesus tells the story of a person who owns a vineyard and who was surprisingly generous. (Matt: 20:1-16) While a vineyard is not really a garden per say it does contain plants. Anyway, this vineyard owner needed help with the harvest and went out early in the morning to hire laborers and agreed to give them the usual day's pay. Every three hours during the day he went out again and hired more men. Then, a surprising thing happened. The latecomers received a full day's pay, even though they had only worked a short time. So did those who came at noon. When the early hires came they expected to be paid more. Hadn't they earned it? But they received only the amount originally agreed to. Was that fair?
In our human state of thinking we would say this was not fair. But Jesus is illustrating a different kind of economics. He is asking us to think about what is unfair. Did he not pay those who he agreed to pay their wage? Did he take any money from one to give to another? No. God is letting us know that we all equal in what we deserve. Jesus invites us all to come to him and see how God acts with surprising generosity. Not because of who we are, but who God is.
Today as we journey together may we extend the love God has blessed you with to all people so they may also reap a bountiful harvest. May we rejoice in what God has done for us and rejoice for what others have received as well For God is good. In Christ, PC
Almighty God I pray Psalm 91 to you this morning. May we be under your shield. Lord, I pray for this world. I pray for those who are sick, those who lives have been turned upside down and for those who are scared. Lord Father, you know my heart and all I ask for You to protect. I also pray for the good that has come from this time of change, may we not forget this when we do come out of the darkness. Lord, I ask you to forgive me, I thank you for the technology that allowed me to be with my brothers yesterday morning. I thank you for the peace I have through Your Son Jesus, through whom I lift these prayers to You. Amen
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006