Please join to celebrate and give thanks
at the Mortimer, MWE & Padworth Parish Eucharist
on Sunday 20th September 2020 at 10.00 am
at St John’s Church, Mortimer,
& online at ZOOM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6931233940
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The Red Vineyard at Arles
Vincent van Gogh
God’s Generous Goodness and the Workers in the Vineyard - My Ways are Not Your Ways cf Isaiah 55:8.
Prayer Thought: The parable we hear this Sunday teaches us that, whilst we may persist in judging by worldly standards, God’s ways are not the ways of this world. And if we want our judgements to be right by God we must learn to pray for guidance and grace to see people as he sees them and to judge others as generously as he judges. Ultimately, God always rewards according to his judgement and not ours. We can never fully understand the ‘mind’ of God who sees goodness where we may see none and who showers blessings where we may see none deserved. Yet, even with our limited vision, we can be sure that he is near and that he will hear every one of us whenever we call to him for guidance and grace to see the truth and to be generous.
The Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard
Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt’s painting of Jesus’ parable - found only in St Matthew’s Gospel - shows the landowner paying his workers at the end of the day. The weak evening light illuminates the table where the landowner’s wife sits with the account book open. Two workers question the landowner whilst the others to the right talk among themselves. The landowner has hired workers throughout the day and paid them all the same wage, whether they worked all day or only an hour. The workers who worked all day are angry. The focus of Rembrandt’s painting is the two workers questioning their pay. Perhaps the small scale of this painting - 12 x 16 inches? - helps to make us feel as if we are peering into their darkened room. Rembrandt was, of course, a master of using darkness to draw the viewer into the narrative and here he uses his masterful technique to draw us into Jesus’ teaching about generosity.