Gospel Reading and Thoughts for October 5, 2014

Gospel – Matthew 21:33-43

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?” They answered him, “He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.” Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”

 

More parables this week to help us see the beauty of the kingdom of God. God made a perfect world, just as the landowner made his property beautiful with the vineyard, winepress, and tower.  And then sin entered the world as Adam and Eve ate the apple.  With sin came suffering, death and evil.  So heavy was the sin in the world that when the property owner, the Master of the Universe, sent his Son to us, we, the people of the earth, killed him.  God knew this long before He sent his son, yet He still sent Christ to us.  So that through Christ’s death, we might all be saved from eternal death and be brought to new and eternal life with God our Father.  “And it is wonderful in our eyes.”

May we always strive to be the people to whom the kingdom of God has been entrusted and may we bear great fruit for the Lord!

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