Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; (Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113;) 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13
Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22 or Jeremiah 11:18-20 (Psalm 54); James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37 | Semi-continuous first reading: Proverbs 31:10-31 (Psalm 1)
Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; (Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-8;) Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16
The crucified and resurrected Christ becomes the standard against which to measure all accounts of wisdom.
Can’t the landowner see how unfair this is?
In these days of Enron, Martha Stewart and wars waged over phantom weapons, we know better than to defend dishonesty. Then why would Jesus offer a parable lauding it? Upon closer inspection, however, this parable is just one in a long line of stories that Jesus tells about how to handle wealth.
Jesus sees something the disciples do not even know they are missing.
When I was a kid growing up in the Willamette Valley, local teenagers and migrant laborers would go out together into the strawberry fields to help with the harvest. This parable, with its setting in the vineyard, describes the emotions of us workers—we wanted a fair wage for a fair day’s work.