Laborers in the Vineyard
Jesus tells the story of a guy hiring workers for his vineyard. In the morning he hires some guys and makes a deal for a fair wage for the day (1 denarius). Throughout the day he hires more people, including a few people that he hired just an hour before the day was over. At the end of the day when he is paying them, he starts with the people he hired last and gives them 1 denarius. The people who have been working all day think they will get paid a bonus, but they also wind up getting 1 denarius. They complain and the owner of the place says they got what they agreed upon, it is not up to them if he is generous with the other workers.
I remember this story from when I was a kid. I remember thinking about it a lot as it does not seem fair at all. The fact that the people who worked all day got paid the same as people who only worked for an hour is definitely unfair. On the other hand, they are getting paid what seemed fair to them in the morning, and they made a deal. Perhaps a fair deal would be them to get paid what they agreed and the latecomers would get paid less, but should the workers from the morning want this? That would be a dickish thing to argue for, is that what this story is about?
When it comes down to it, I guess it is saying not to begrudge someone else being generous to a third party, which is good. But it also feels so unfair. Perhaps the moral is to not compare yourself to others. If the early worker focused on what he thought was fair originally instead of looking at what the late worker got he would be happier. This seems like it might lead people to be taken advantage of, sometimes it is important to look around at the deals other people are getting to make sure you are getting a fair deal.
Clearly I am a little conflicted on this passage, anyone have input?
Jesus Fortells His Death a Third Time
Title says it all
A Mother's Request
A mother asks Jesus if her sons can sit at his right and left hand in his kingdom. He says it is not for him to decide. He says in his kingdom, those who are great are the servants, as Jesus has come to serve, not to be served.
Pretty sure there is a message here I have missed. I read it a few times but I don't get it. He says the rulers should be serving the people, this sounds a bit like (idealized) democracy. Is that just be grafting my ideals onto what I'm reading? I'd love some input here.
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
Title pretty much says it all