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Seeing with new eyes – 3rd Sunday of Easter 2023
Luke is a highly accomplished storyteller.
Within today’s tale of the road to Emmaus he weaves strands of the past, the experiences of the disciples at the time, and the new understandings that later occurred to the Christian community, of which he was a part, almost a generation later. And so, in our own turn we seek, not only to recover some of the wisdom he sought to pass on, but also to discover new insights and intuitions for our own time and circumstances. For meaning and purpose in scripture are always unfolding, changing, adapting – that is why it is a living witness rather than text enshrined and confined.
In today’s Gospel we have a series of comparisons, power vs authority, faith vs deceit, words vs deeds, trust as opposed to cynicism. And there is also a warning, that actions speak far, far louder than all the words in the world.
It is all part of Matthew’s continuing theme where the first shall be last, at least those counted first by worldly standards, and the last, first.
The parable in today’s gospel is usually called ‘The Labourers in the Vineyard’. On the face of it, we are told a fairly simple but slightly odd story about an employer who seems to have some difficulty with identifying how many workers he actually needs to bring in the harvest on his land.
The poem comes from ‘the state of us’ a first collection of poetry by Larry Doherty – ISBN: 978-1-5272-7173-9. Larry Doherty’s debut collection of poetry is eclectic, nuanced and powerful. It reflects his thoughts and feelings on life in these challenging, turbulent, watershed times.