Over the summer I attended an event called the ‘Big Tent’ of the PCUSA in St. Louis. There, our amazing bible study leader, Eric Barreto, looked at this text of the wealthy landowner, as someone whose father was that day laborer his whole life, just trying their best so he, their son, could have a better life. To him, this scripture is about God’s justice meeting us where we are, where our needs are. You could stand all day and never get work, that’s a reality for the immigrant community, but you would stand at the same spot, with the same people, 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. These were your friends, they were family, you weren’t angry when someone got a day’s wage for doing an hour’s week, you thanked God.
Friends, grace has no measure. If I jump in the pool at the beginning of the day, I am no wetter than the one who jumped in just before it was time to get out. We are all blessed with that same grace at St. Paul’s. Feel it. Experience it. Let it drive you, as we push into this new year, happy and hopeful. We are also asked to thank God, always and everyday, thank God. For everything we have, for whom we have, and for Jesus our Christ. Happy Thanksgiving. Amen.