“JESUS IS GRACE”
Saint Matthew 20. 1-16
Septuagesima: 27 January Anno Domini 2013
Father Watson SSP
In The + Name of Jesus
Grace IS undeserved!
Jesus isn’t just God. The Holy Trinity isn’t just a mystery. The Blessed Godhead is “The” family of mutually flowing love. Jesus is the “householder.”
Better than Ben Cartwright and the Ponderosa, or Elrond and Rivendell, Jesus is the best dad, big-brother, and truest friend you have.
Jesus gets up early—“in the beginning” early, and “before the foundation of the world” early [Gen 1.1 & Eph. 1.4]. He gets up to bring the spiritually unemployed, i.e. the dead, into His vineyard. Jesus’ vineyard is life and light IN HIM. The vineyard is forgiveness of sins and salvation from eternal death and damnation. The vineyard is both the Heavenly banquet which fast approaches, and the Church’s banquet which is now! Jesus’ vineyard is no plantation of slavery but the homiest house and most joyous dinner table ever!
You are poor and miserable sinners born and raised from arch sinner Eve and proto sinner Adam. You’re nature makes you brats, lay-abouts, intentionally unemployed (Baal’s bums) and street thugs to sin. Apart from Christ one can ONLY stand idle in the market place, smoking Satan’s sulfur butts muttering and cursing everyone else. Such is expected of pagans. This is what you all were before your re-births. You’re not pagans. You’re hired.
There were what, appears to the human eye, early hirings and special privileges. Looks are deceiving. Hear the Word of God—believe it. Cain chosen very early in the day presumed to work for his own reward and damned himself with an evil eye—a jealous unbelieving heart. Caiaphas was also born early into a Covenant reaching all the way back to the “Father of the Jews,” only to willfully reject the Testator Himself. All those Jews plucked from the marketplace so early only to self-righteously demand their own merits and just deserts.
Abram was chosen at the mature point of his life—his unemployment and idleness. And yet, the city of Nineveh was greatly blessed over the hard hearted people of Chorazin and Bethsaida, plucked from the fire at the 11th hour. Indeed, the entire Gentile nation was grafted in to the open wound of Jesus on the Tree in both the “fullness of time” and near the “end of the age.”
From the beginning all stand idle, dead and vicious towards God because that is what sin does. Only those who are “hired,” a totally passive act, are saved. Every man in Jesus’ parable is paid, i.e. is GIVEN the same—everything that the “householder” has! It was only those hired at the first that bargained for their share. The free hiring was based upon nothing but the will and heart of the “householder.” The unilateral “hiring” is the Grace of God—Sola Gratia. Grace IS undeserved!
Repent when you murmur the self-righteous envy of unbelief. The Kingdom of Heaven, the “householder” is at hand. His “vineyard” is yours free and clear because you are free—forgiven, and washed for Supper. Turn from hatred to the God-given equality of mercy and remission. Embrace the last, the least, the wounded, and the despised. For so were all of you before Jesus “hired,” and carried you, a dead lost lamb in His own bloody wounded arms.
Third, sixth, ninth, and eleventh, the last shall be first at this feast of freedom. At this “vineyard” the wine flows freely, the bread is resurrection fresh, the Lamb is perfect, and… the more the merrier at Jesus’ feast; the Feast of Mercy. Grace IS undeserved!
In The Name of The Father and of + The Son and of The Holy Ghost