Last week we were in Petaluma, California, spending time with friends and with one of our supporting churches. During our time there we were able to share with a couple of the home groups about the work we’re doing, and also to reflect on the message we’d heard in church about Jesus’ parable of the vineyard workers from Matthew 20 and the role of this story in God’s mission.
Money. On the surface it looks so powerless. Just metal and paper. Small and insignificant. And yet these feeble images are symbols of something much larger, a force that exerts a power over the entire world. It seems that no one can live without this phenomenon and that its influence affects every part of life, from simple pleasures to life and death matters like access to food, clean water and healthcare. It even starts wars.