In His parable, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a landowner who is looking for day laborers. He hires some first thing in the morning, negotiating a fair price for their labor. During the day he hires others at successively later hours and says he will pay them what is “right”. In the end, he paid everyone the same amount, whether they had worked for one hour or a full day. On hearing complaints from those who worked longest, the landowner says, “I choose to be generous”. In the Exodus reading, God provides for the people of Israel equally: whether they are trusting Him or are grumbling against Him.
God of grace, we sometimes forget that all we have is from Your hand. We forget to say thank-you, and instead, feel that You owe us something. We are much more interested in imagining what we deserve from You than in looking for the sins, which if not turned over to You mean all we “deserve” is death. Forgive us, and help us once more see the wonder of Your bounty to us.