The Offensive Character of Grace, Matthew 20:1-16
There is probably no other parable of Jesus that is more difficult to accept than the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard. It is so hard for us to divorce ourselves from the practice of being paid by the hour for our labor. But the parable is not about labor rules and practices. It is about Loves rules and practices. God’s grace is offensive in this parable, until we are the ones who come to the vineyard at the end of the day.