Rev. Karen said the Parables are gifts and Matthew 20:1-16 delivers. As an educator, I often heard that the problem is that they got the same as us and they don't deserve it. They didn't work as hard, they got an extension or someone helped them. They don't deserve the same as we get, do they?
The workers in the vineyard felt this way. In recent months, I have heard this same sentiment when it comes to refugees arriving in Canada. I read somewhere that 'what counts in the kingdom of God is not seniority or years of service but diligence of heart...'
We are all equally precious to God and whether we were first or last God's grace is there for all of us. "It is not merely the time that we put in. It is the heart that we put into the time we have."