“Watch therefore,” Jesus says at the end of the parable, “for you know neither the day nor the hour.” When all is said and done – when we have scared ourselves silly with the now-or-never urgency of faith and the once-and-always finality of judgment – we need to take a deep breath and let it out with a laugh. Because what we are watching for is a party. And that party is not just down the street making up its mind when to come to us, it is already hiding in our basement, banging on our steam pipes, and laughing its way up our cellar stairs. The unknown day and hour of its finally bursting into the kitchen and roistering its way through the whole house is not dreadful; it is all part of the divine lark of grace. God is not our mother-in-law, coming to see whether her wedding-present china has been chipped. He’s the one coming up the stairs with a bottle of wine under his arm. We do indeed need to watch for him; but only because it would be such a pity to miss all the fun.
Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus
I’ve not yet read a Robert Capon book (I know, I know), but the quotes I’ve read of him have challenged me more than any other person. His thoughts on God’s love, God’s grace, and life have been revolutionary for me. Though, I’ve never read a book I would recommend his writings to all!