In a parable about the astounding generosity of God (link to readings), we’re meant to find ourselves siding with the wrong people—primarily concerned about equity and the proper disbursement of wages. It gets at something visceral.
This is because the biggest problem with God’s generosity is that is so often violates our own sense of right and wrong, our sense of how things would be if we ran the world. Fair. Equitable. We’d get what we’ve earned.
This parable, however, insists that God is a really lousy bookkeeper.