So today’s Gospel reading was on the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Basically, a dude hired some folks to work for him early in the day, and then through out the day kept going back to hire more and more folks with the last hire being at 5PM. Now, when evening came, the dude paid… and the early birds, rather than getting the worm, got ticked off that the last folks got paid the same that they did for working the whole day.
Alas, there is lots of ponder with this… despite having heard it over and over a kazillion times.
‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
What struck me with this, is that it seems the early birds are envious not so much against the latest folks landfall, but towards the hiring dude… I guess I can sort of see this, but its interesting where the focus is. In today’s world, I think the focus would be that someone got a better deal, not so much the deal maker. I wonder what that says about contemporary society?
Another bit is that the dude had been out hiring people all day long, going back for more folks every few hours… it seems:
1. The hiring guy had no clue how many resources he really needed,
2. He hired some folks with really low productivity early in the day, I’ve seen that play out far too often when folks try to work in the wrong chronotype.
3. He has in a cash flow crunch and could only hire as many folks as he had enough cash on hand to work with. Perhaps he Maybe he got a windfall towards the end f the day and was feeling really generous with respect to payment.
4. He knew unemployment was hideous, and wanted to give as many people a shot as possible, thus was continuously monitoring his needs for labor, and responding the best he could justify from a productivity standpoint. Ie, too many cook in the kitchen rings very true across a multitude of sectors, from cooking to software or even construction.
Alas, how the hiring guy’s situation correlates to heaven is an unknown, and is more likely than not an issue with scope drift. Rather the focus or the parable seems to be on the last being first, the first being last, and secondly how this inversion plays out with respect to the attitude of the first.