Ponder a Punchline

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 20:1–16

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

Suppose you are working all day on a project for which you will receive a fee. Imagine someone coming in at the last hour to help, receiving the same payment as you. How would you feel? This is the issue of the famous “Parable of the Eleventh Hour Worker.”

Parables, similar to jokes, have punch lines. Linger on the impact of verse 15 until the Kingdom way of thinking rises in your heart. Let go of worldly ways of weighing in the mind—not minding one’s own business … jealousy… looking for rewards. The Spirit gives the Kingdom heart; it does not come from the flesh. In the Kingdom, there is love of serving, joy in another’s good fortune, and praise for the Master’s love of the forgotten.

Ponder, pray and wait for the Lord to give you peace—God’s choicest blessing for this, the current hour of your life. Do you have the right to demand another hour after this?

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Grateful for others’ blessings v. 11
Joy in being generous v. 15
First is last and last is first. v. 16
Going inward; finding peace

Version for Children and Families

This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.

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