God's Kingdom

Kingdom Feast, Kingdom Clothes

Kingdom Feast, Kingdom Clothes

The author of this gospel wants us to hear both sides of this story equally and not just one.  The author of this gospel doesn’t want to sugar coat it for us…  Because the author sees two clear choices…  we can continue living in the old ways of the world which have failed us and caused suffering time after time, we can be people of pharasaic faith… or we can choose to accept the invitation, we can choose to live in the new ways of God’s kingdom… which are life giving… which bear fruit, which spread God’s love into the world… we can choose to live life in a way that promotes life, or in a way that causes us to suffer.

What’s “Fair” or What’s “Enough”?

What’s “Fair” or What’s “Enough”?

In this parable, at least, the issue is not about who is getting more than they deserve. It is not about comparisons at all – who is better than whom, who is more deserving than anyone else, who is more ‘worthy.’ If our focus is there, it will only lead to resentment and bitterness. The issue, in this parable at least, is whether everybody has enough – because the kingdom rests on God’s generosity, which is a model for us all.