Thirst, fear, honesty, and the rule against being a jerk

Exodus 17:1-7 – the water from the rockMatthew 21:23-32 – the parable of the two brothers There are two rules the chief priests and elders should have followed in this week’s gospel. The first is this: don’t try to outsmart someone smarter than you. The second: don’t be a jerk.  The chief priests’ question about … More Thirst, fear, honesty, and the rule against being a jerk

A vineyard, divine economics, and manna from Heaven

Exodus 16:2-15: The giving of manna Matthew 20:1-16: The parable of the labourers in the vineyard. We live in a transactional economy – so many hours of labour for so many dollars, so many dollars for so much sustenance – the value of which is, just like in Jesus’ time, determined by forces outside of … More A vineyard, divine economics, and manna from Heaven

The demands of forgiveness and counting that is not counting

Matthew 18:21-35: The parable of the unforgiving servant. Warning: for those of us still traumatised by high school mathematics, this reading contains numbers and possibly counting. But it’s alright – it’s not real counting (cathedral choristers will be relieved). In fact, that’s the point of this reading: we don’t count the number of times we … More The demands of forgiveness and counting that is not counting