Zero hours contracts,casual labour, Labour without rights. W hat about insurance? What about breaks? What about working conditions? Where is the “fairness” Jesus preaches in giving each the same amount of money – when none knew if they would be earning anything tomorrow? Is “that” the kingdom of heaven, Jesus?
Jesus, talking among his own folk about the “for hire” station in the town square, much as it would be in mediaeval Europe else the way the early “Labour Exchange” functioned in England, somewhat before my time.
It is a parable an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Bossess pay what they will because they are BOSSESS. Don’t complain, you are all stitched up in the no contract no rights, otherwise we might think those who were last to be hired might be quality control guys, checking on the others’ work. Feet on the ground and we would be delving the Sociological depths of society in question.
No. Not only could bossess pay as they would but God also reserves the right to reward everyone to the same degree whether they are first or last into the Kingdom. You see, it has nothing to do with Industrial or Agrarian reform, but the prerogative of the Master rewarding His children. Are you going to complain, who’s in ,is In.
In my position today I would welcome even an hour of casual labour than the lack of it since I am overqualified and lack experience. Perhaps those that were last were fulfilling necessary hours of work experience, to become experienced Day Labourers who would be chosen before anyone else got a look in?
As the earthly story, the most aerified scenario will always equate to a God who loves…..for whom all are equals, no matter the class, ehnicity,age,fitness, and any other ness.
God loves us all.
I’m not sure how this parable would go over today, with labor unions that insist on equal hourly rates.
Living in a farming area I understand the need to get everything picked while it is still ripe, no matter how late in the day people are hired, to assure the most that can be harvested is. Those end-of-the-day workers are hired for a variety of reasons; if the desire is just to get the most in then their pay will be less (per hour) than the first workers; but if the work has been going slow, and there is still a lot to harvest, those end-of-day workers can command a higher rate than everyone else.
Hi, Unions today would probably go on strike and nothing would be harvested at all, however there is shift loading so many would hope to begin work after 2.00pm.
I lived in a farming community while at high school, seasonal labour was used and a swarm of fruit pickers or cane cutters or stook builders would arrive to be paid according to how much each one gathered. Now all these jobs are done by machine and the Gypsylike lifestyle has almost disappeared, my father used to pick potatos or cut cane, even the children worked and earned where they could.