Gospel – March 13, 2020 – Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
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.”
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them.
And although they were attempting to arrest him,
they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.
The Master is absent after building the vineyard. He had everything needed to produce the fruit for the wine. He left it in the care of the tenants expecting a return on what he had given them.
When the time comes, the tenants have no desire to follow through with the covenant and rejects the agents of the Master – killing some and beating others.
“Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’” H E A R T B R E A K I N G ! ! ! !
God has too much faith in us. Too bad we don’t have that kind of faith in him.
We aren’t really good stewards of what God gives to us. The Church, in her Wisdom, is trying to help us understand there will be a reckoning – Lazarus’ treatment, the prophets, Jesus.
Remember, “All who have ears should listen.” We know that time will come when we are poured out, measured and an accounting will be required.
Pray we are found plenty – not wanting.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…