Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

Entitlement. That’s the word that rings out in this parable. We’ve been taught in this country that we are entitled in many ways. I don’t think this was the intent of preceding generations when they proclaimed lofty goals for every American citizen. Over time, perhaps through the legal system, the individual wins out over the […]

Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke begins this parable with Jesus’ definition of the Pharisee: “confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else.” He doesn’t say all Pharisees fit this description, but it seems this is the typical Pharisee, one that everyone listening to the parable would relate to. The Pharisee draws attention to himself with audacious, […]