Scripture: Matt 21: 33-46
Reflection: The parables are often disturbing. Jesus told stories to teach but also to challenge, provoke and inspire kingdom living. I have a lot of questions about this parable but it also causes me to wonder. I wonder why the landlord was not present and was he fair? Did he treat his workers well and use the best means of farming to care for the environment? I wonder if his workers were paid well and treated fairly. Did the landlord know them? I believe the Kingdom of God is just, fair, relational and cares for the earth. I believe in the kingdom of God there is 100% employment and everyone receives a living wage. We are nowhere close to that kingdom but we are working toward the kingdom of God that is fair and just for everyone in this world.
On this fourth of July, it is interesting to read the parable of the Wicked Tenants. Our country has not always treated our citizens or those working in our country fairly. When the constitution was written, people of color were counted as three-fifths of a person. Women had no legal rights. Freedom is an evolving process. It is not always achievable but we pursue justice and freedom for all people. We celebrate that freedom when found. Find something to celebrate today. Maybe find a way to be a part of some evolving freedom for someone marginalized. As people of faith, we also call that kingdom living. Let us work together to bring about the kingdom of God all around this amazing world.
Prayer: Almighty God, for longer than we can imagine, you have been forming and reforming your people of faith. Show us your kingdom, as it is in heaven. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].