Jesus’ parable about the workers in the vineyard unsettles today’s audience just as it unsettled the priests and elders who first heard it. It is just not fair! Some get paid a full day’s wages for one hour of work while others who worked all day long receive the exact same pay.
This story, after all, is not about fair wages. It is about God’s love, which abounds for all. The parable is a way to talk to young people, who are ever troubled by unfairness, about God’s generous love.
Since the Sunday Gospel is the heart of the Gospel Weeklies, an important part of preparing to share the Gospel with children is to read and reflect on it in advance of your class session. The Gospel at Home and The Gospel for All Ages (see Gathering Rituals/Questions) are resources on our website that can help you do this. If you enjoyed the summer reflections by Alice Camille in Exploring the Sunday Readings, please consider subscribing to this resource.
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