In Sunday’s Old Testament reading, God says “my ways are above your ways, and my thoughts are above your thoughts.” Apart from the direction to seek God while he may be found, there's really not much else to guide us in that reading, and its meaning isn't all that clear.
In Jesus' parables, the ruler or landowner represents God, to show us what God would do in a given situation, to tell us how God would respond to something, or to give us God's perspective on a situation.
The not-all-that-clear Old Testament reading is paired with the parable in this Sunday's Gospel to show us what God really means by saying "my ways are above your ways." And when seen together with the Gospel, the meaning becomes very clear.
God's ways are above my ways, God's ways are much more than I deserve.
More on this tomorrow.