My father liked to say – “You can’t tell a player without a scorecard.” While that’s true and important in baseball, there are people who like to keep score, regardless of the game. Particularly in life.
Our Gospel reading this morning takes us to a place that many of us might not be comfortable with. Rather than equal pay for equal work, we’re told that the workers are paid the same regardless of how many hours they’ve put in. And, let’s face it, that’s not necessarily what we’re accustomed to. But is this really what Jesus is saying? If we look at it a bit differently, instead we see a loving, generous God who gives each of us the gracious gift that we don’t deserve, but get anyway. We see God at work. We see God doing his best work. Jesus challenges us to see through God’s eyes – to see what God sees. After all, we’re made in God’s image, but do we actually see others in his image? Do we look for fairness and equity for God’s people…and seek justice on their behalf? Or do we instead see what we’re missing? The story also invites us to look at where we see ourselves – and is a reminder that thankfully God doesn’t have a balance sheet – keeping track of what we do. God loves us and forgives us and cares for us – and at the same time shows us how to care for others.