Sunday, October 8
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
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.”
The Landowner never gives up. He sends all he has and is to the tenant farmers. Finally, he sends the very last one, his only son. Of course, it is Jesus in the parable. But even after the son is mistreated and killed, it is not the end of the story. The Son (now the Risen Christ) will become the cornerstone, the chief actor in the drama of our lives. If we can follow Him and do as he did then we will find a pathway to new life.
The insult to the Scribes and Pharisees does not go unnoticed by the audience that Jesus is addressing in the parable and it becomes a message for us. The question asked by Jesus in the parable is , “What will the owner do?” We know the answer! The owner will never give up on us, will chase us down and hold us close. That is the good news of the gospel.