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Our Gospel this week is Jesus’ parable of the workers in the vineyard. When those who worked all day realized that they were being paid the same as those who had come in just at the end of the day, they were indignant. We always want some sort of difference in rewards, specifically, a difference based on how hard we worked. The owner of the vineyard would have nothing of this. It is his money, he can “waste” it on whatever people he wants.
In Christ’s kingdom, there is no special value of those who have always been Christians as opposed to recent converts. Nobody is exalted due to coming from a long line of Christians or even of pastors. We all stand at the foot of the cross. We have all come at the Master’s invitation. None of us has a special place of honor. We have all been selected and have experienced Christ’s loving care lavished upon us. This is the love of God in Christ.
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