Some things just don't make
sense in the economy of Jesus.
He works with a template that
doesn't fit how we work things out.
We like fair and even and divided up equally.
We don't quite know how this works out in the end-
but we are not in charge of that ending.
But, we also don't want someone else
getting the same as us,
if they have "worked" less,
or seem somehow less deserving.
Jesus really hits the nail on the head
with these following questions.
"Am I not allowed to do what
I choose with what belongs to me?
Or do you begrudge my generosity?"
Any of our answers
lead us into the predicament
of trying to manage GOD.
And in the way that Jesus turns the tables,
he finalizes the parable with a punchline.
"So the last will be first, and the first last."
That gives us a lot to think about,
as we sort out what it really looks like
to be Joyful in Mercy.
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