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*†ç What is the Kingdom of God like? Jesus tells is it is like a vineyard whose owner is generous beyond our understanding.


This story Jesus tells us is found in the Gospel of St Matthew: Chapter 20: verses 1-16 (in shorthand: Mt 20:1-16


The Kingdom of Heaven is Like a Vineyard.


Jesus' followers and disciples were quite like us. They wanted a heaven they could see in earthly terms, where each good deed and kind act were added up so that the disciples could compete for better positions closer to Jesus.
So Jesus told many parables about what heaven was like, a wonderful place where the boundless grace and goodness of God made all earthly sorts of competition irrelevant - there are no bad seats in heaven.
Do you think the disciples understood him this time?


1. What is a vineyard?

2. Where did the man who owned the vineyard go to hire day laborers? Why do you think he went there to find workers?

3. What times of the day did he go to hire workers?

4. How did he pay the workers? How much? In what currency?

5. What did the workers that he hired first do?

6. What did the owner of the vineyard say?

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