WORKERS  4'2m0f The parable of the workers

ED --   And now, sit down, put your feet up, relax and listen to 
another edition of... Parables on Parade. Tonight's parable 
comes from Matthew chapter 20 beginning at verse 1.

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a land owner who went out 
early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He 
agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his 
vineyard. About the third hour he went out and saw others 
standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, 'You 
also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is 
right.' So they went. He went out again about the sixth hour 
and the ninth hour and did the same thing. About the eleventh 
hour he went out and found still others standing around. He 
asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing 
nothing?' 'Because no one has hired us,' they answered. He 
said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.' When 
evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 
'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the 
last ones hired and going on to the first.' The workers who 
were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a 
denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected 
to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 

FRED -- (door open) Now just a minute, there, buster!

Ed --   Excuse me?

FRED -- I heard what you just read and I would like to file a 

ED --   A grieving?

FRED -- Do you take me for a fool?

ED --   Well, actually, yes...

FRED -- I was just at a union organizing meeting, when I heard 
you try to justify this... this travesty of justice!

ED --   What travesty. What union?

FRED -- I am now a card carrying member of the International 
Brotherhood of Laborers. That's EYE-BALL for short. And just 
like the name implies, we're keeping an eye on guys like you.

ED --   Guys like me? What did I do?

FRED -- I'm not deaf. You don't think I heard how your friend 
hired some workers at unfair wages? And, then, if that's not 
enough he hired scabs at the end of the work day and pays them 
premium wages. Oh, I can smell a strike breaker a mile away.

ED --   What strike? It was just a par....

FRED -- Did he or did he not pay those poor oppressed workers 
from the morning shift the same wages as those in the swing 

ED --   Well, yes, but...

FRED -- Ahha! Then you admit it!

ED --   Well, they agreed in advance...

FRED -- But! Did they have a contract ratified by the rank and 
file? I think not!

ED --   Look, I don't think you...

FRED -- What I see here is a clear violation of the Sherman 
Antitrust act.

ED --   They agreed on the wages and shook hands on it. They got 
everything they bargained for.

FRED -- BUT! Was it COLLECTIVE bargaining? I think not.

ED --   You got that right.

FRED -- What.

ED --   You think not.

FRED -- Hey, was that a slam?

ED --   The whole story was a parable. Fiction. He made it up. A 
fabrication. There were no workers. No morning shift, no swing 
shift. Jesus told the story to show that God has a right to 
reward whomever he wants with whatever he wants to, because 
he's God.

FRED -- Oh. Nevermind, then.

ED --   Tune in next time for another edition of Parable on 

FRED -- (afar) Want to see my new union card?

ED --   (afar) No.

FRED -- (afar) Why not?

ED --   (afar) It has an EYE BALL on it.

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