In the gospel parable, the workers protest—justifiably, it could be argued—against the owner of the vineyard for his unfairness. But as a story about God and God’s people, the meaning changes.
The Inner Word
Not forgiving is an ingratitude. How could we not forgive others, when God has forgiven us so much? Another way of putting it, scripture says this week, is that if we do not show others forgiveness, it cannot be shown us.
What can be the consequences of the prophetic calling to speak the truth? How do prophets have to accept the consequences of their truth-speaking?
Jeremiah felt “duped” by God because the people mocked him. Have you ever felt “duped” by God? Have you been able to examine that feeling more closely and come to a deeper understanding of your life’s purpose?
God is depicted as "pulling down" those in high places because of their arrogance. Why do you think abuse of power and authority is such a perennial temptation? How have you dealt with that temptation in your own life?
Isaiah asks us to "maintain justice" by doing "what is right." Think of an instance when you had to make a difficult choice in order to do what was right. Where did you find the strength?
God often speaks to us in quiet ways, like the whisper Elijah heard. When has God spoken to you in a whisper? Do you have quiet space and time in your life to hear a whisper?
It was only Jesus, but they saw his glory.
In a dream, God tells Solomon to "ask for something" and God promises to give it to him. If God made that offer to you in a dream, what would you ask for?
For Matthew, faith is never stagnant. If there's faith, there's growth: good seed planted in a field, a tiny mustard seed growing into a mighty bush, yeast making the dough rise and turning wheat into wholesome bread.