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“It's not fair”
Narrative Lectionary Bible Reading
‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who
went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing
with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
All day long, going in to the marketplace
early in the morning
So the little story gathers momentum.
And when invited, they go.
This is the first act of grace.
Truth seeking humanity.
Truth seeking us!
The second act of grace
goes in promised "whatever is right."
No one would think otherwise.
They just want to work for a fair wage.
You get to work,
But now comes the shock and surprise,
In the kingdom,
Fair day's work for a fair day's pay.
Because no calculus can.
are overrun by the rush of generosity,
of abundance that God would have
is an underground waterfall.
It's roar is the roar of
One's body hums in sympathetic
And so, the spiritual imagination
It is also this roar:
It looks like the joyful
All day long
to the place of work and provision,
All day long they come.
All day long we come,
idle in our alienation and hurt,
No one will understand,
So we stay out in the marketplace
No one would want me
Idle when immigration status
when sex, or ability, or orientation,
However we are left out in the marketplace
And then the strange pay comes
no matter when we arrived
and all the history of the day
so that at the end of the day,
and tomorrow we will be
This is not merely a place of counting
"And let this be to all people"
As long as counting is the main thing
For privilege is being challenged.
who consider themselves to have
who built in the hot sun
Privilege of those whom
The freedom of God to forgive &
Yahweh at the burning bush
Or poor Jonah -
Or the older brother
In the strange Kingdom
Not just for the sake of reversal,
Otherwise, we stay stuck in
goes all the way down
The hurt and trauma
The hurt of being excluded
"Will we welcome you into"
Is always God's, not ours.
And God is in the marketplace
The hurt is infinite
So the grace of the parable
Like the mighty waters
May God's grace come,
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