For this Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we continue our journey with Jesus and his disciples through the Gospel of Matthew and respond to Jesus’ call to discipleship. In today’s reading from Matthew, we hear one of Jesus’ controversial parables in which Jesus says that the reign of God is like that of a landowner who pays his workers the same wage no matter what time of day they began to work. In the reading from Jonah, we encounter Jonah’s anger when God changes God’s mind about punishing Nineveh for their evil ways. Yet, we are reminded that God is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love. As Martin Luther wrote, in the presence of God’s mercy we are all beggars. In what ways have you experienced God’s generous grace?