October 29, 2017

Reading Matthew 18:21-35 (NRSV) Today's parable bothers me. In the story, debtors and those incurring the king's displeasure could suffer enslavement, imprisonment, or torture. Perhaps these were common themes in Jesus' time. Harsh treatment is also common today. We jail people who cannot pay bail, detain refugees fleeing danger, and haggle over medical treatment for … Continue reading October 29, 2017

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September 4, 2016

Reading Matthew 20:1-16 (NRSV) Happy Labor Day weekend! Last week's story told about a rich landowning laborer; Jesus warned about wanting more when we already have enough. Today's story tells about hired laborers; Jesus warns against comparisons, and wanting others to have less. Today's landowner hires more and more people to work in his vineyard. … Continue reading September 4, 2016