“Take what is yours and go. I want to give to this one who was hired last, the same as I give to you.” (Matt. 20.14)

“Take what is yours and go.  I want to give to this one who was hired last, the same as I give to you.”  (Matt. 20.14)  

It seems that Peter is the one who gets Jesus to tell his parables… to try to get Peter to jump up into the Spiritual dimension of living.  And it seems Peter just can’t quite get there…

He wanted to walk on water, like Jesus, but ignored the fact of the Miracle of water, and the Connection of all of creation.  He sank.   He told Jesus He was the Son of the Most High God; the Christ, and Jesus said, “Good; God showed you this, so I will give you the keys to the Kin-dom of Heaven, and what you bind on Earth has been bound in Heaven and what you loose on Earth has been loosed in Heaven” and Peter felt pretty good about himself, until Jesus said, this is what the Christ has to do, and Peter “rebuked” Him and Jesus said, “Get thee behind me, Satan.  You have no idea how God works!”  Peter thought he was doing well to ask Jesus if 7 times were the limit of forgiveness… and Jesus said to him… no, 7×70, and told a story about a man forgiven much who didn’t forgive others.  

Peter in this story, has just taken Jesus telling a rich young ruler to sell everything he has and give it to the poor and then to come and follow Jesus as a way of ensuring eternal life.  That was last week’s story.  About how we really just need to receive God’s loving forgiveness, and forgive ourselves.  That that is the way to get to the K of H.  And the people stood up for the wronged man.  We need to do that, too.  Speak up when we see injustice and then leave it to God to venge.  

Today, the story is about a landowner, a good guy who hires his own workers, and keeps going back to get more… and finally there are some still there at one hour to go, and he pays the one hour folks the same as the twelve hour folks.  This is like my dad’s story of his haircut; this is like the elder son, whose brother was a prodigal.  This is the story of folks who don’t see the point of helping people down on their luck.  This is the point of recognizing the worth and equality of all people.  This is the point of paying someone to work for you when you could do it yourself.  

The two ways of looking at this kind of commerce are: 1. Value or Merit Based  and 2. Need Based.  In this country with its Individualism, we tend to think about pulling ourselves up by our boot straps… only what if someone has no boot straps.  This is akin to The Queenn of France saying to someone who had told her “The people have no bread,” by saying, “Let them eat cake!”  We have lots of blessings: white skin, families who could leave us a legacy, folks who went to college, roofs over our heads most of our lives, food to eat most of our lives… and we tend to ignore the poverty, and inequality around us as it makes us feel a little “survivors guilt/remorse.”  It’s like when I didn’t invite that Michael who had Cerebral Palsey to Thanksgiving, as I didn’t want his eating to offend anyone; I thought his eating would offend me.  I looked right through him.  And later, years later, I found him, and appologized and he said it was okay, and that he understood.  And we parted as friends again… Roxanne… his dog’s name.  

Dogs don’t care what color people are, or if they have a dis ability, or if they have gone to college, or if they’re hard workers, or if … dogs will love whomever loves them…

God loves us first.   All of us.  

And He doesn’t care who knows it…

and He wants to share His goods with everyone.

And have the people with no boot straps be able to survive and perhaps even thrive.

I did like Andrew Yang and his idea of giving everyone 1000 a month… that would be helping lots of people right now… and I know people who wouldn’t take “welfare” if their lives depended on it as a matter of pride… I think that’s part of why we don’t have a health care system that works… it’s like the folks who make the rules about farming who know nothing about farming…

or supervisors in grocery stores who’ve never done the work they supervise…

or people who have had a good life, dissing folks who have it tough…

the story of walking by that truck in the morning…

and God saying, they are connected to me…

you are connected to me…

don’t worry about fearing them…

think, if you can’t automatically connect to them, 

that they are connected to me, and so are  you, 

and so, you are connected.

It’s a new level of thinking about God…

that God IS

and God created all…

and we also create, to a lesser scale.

And God’s got this…

I get to work out tomorrow, until 10 am…

then, I’ll go through the bank, 

and get home and maybe… yes, 

shower, 

and get picked up at noon by Martha for lunch…

and then come home and get the dishes done, and 

the garbage taken out and set up a bunch of food for the cats….

and gather my fuzzies and pjs and housecoat and clothes 

for Sunday, 

and books and paper and go to Mel’s and stay all weekend…

what a blessing.

Thanks God…

help me be who you want me to be.

Help me find out my purpose… like Big Ben?  Who’s purpose is to inspire and encourage…

I teach; I love; I can make pots…

Help me be 

help me give it my best shot and not throw it away…

I lov you, B

and You, God…momma God … Christ…

Brother jesus…

oh, my shoulders are sore …

tiem to eat and read and rest and zone out some…

yes?

B

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