Under God's Generosity
Jonah 3:10-4:11 & Matthew 20:1-16 are the texts for Sunday. Both address how hard it is for us to live in the presence of God's generosity and grace. Jonah hates it that God is so merciful, he just wants to die! Klyne Snodgrass's "Stories with Intent" new commentary on the parables of Jesus says it best (and most painfully) that "we dress up as justice what is in reality jealousy or we use justice as a weapon to limit generosity." (p. 378). The truth of the Gospel is that envy robs us of the energy of grace to others. We must live under the gracious shade of the vine.