Sunday, September 18, 2011
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
This Sunday has the parable that Jesus told about the workers in the vineyard. It seems that some worked all day, but that late in the day the owner of the vineyard had gone out and found other workers who were waiting to be hired, so he hired them but then paid them all the same. Of course, he was not unjust as he was giving each what was necessary to live on, but those who had toiled all day resented his generosity. God is free to do what He wants. Here is another interpretation of the parable: "We see a different story when we change our traditional interpretation of this parable. When we do not presume that we should identify God with the landowner we open ourselves to a new angle of understanding. We begin to see the world from the perspective of the oppressed day laborer, just as Jesus was given voice to their complaint. The parable interpreted in this way again shows God on the side of the poor."
We are meant to struggle sometimes in our reflection on the parables.