“Matthew’s perspective calls for Christians to understand themselves as belonging to a community, so that no decision is purely personal and individual. Matthew’s perspective calls for Christians to understand their lives as being lived in the light of the present and coming kingdom of God, which represents a reversal of cultural values rather than their confirmation. Thus the individual teachings of Matthew’s Gospel cannot be understood on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis, unless and until one is converted to the Gospel’s ecclesial and eschatological perspective.”
(from the New Interpreter’s Bible commentary on Matthew 20.1-16)
How would it be for you to understand your life as “linked” to the survival of all
as opposed to “ranked” in a certain order in which the outcome is certain to reveal winners and losers?