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The vineyard plot

Thứ bảy - 07/10/2017 19:30
Can we have the courage to put God’s kingdom first in our lives, in our world, in our hearts?
 
THE VINEYARD PLOT
 
Can we have the courage to put God’s kingdom first in our lives, in our world, in our hearts? 
 
How did the tenant farmers ever get it into their minds that they had the right to keep the grapes and vineyards that they did not own? How could they justify killing the owner’s servants and then his son? How crazy is that!
 
Our first reading of Isaiah, Jesus tells the people that the vineyard is the people of Israel. The vineyard is cut down because the people of Israel have not been faithful to God. The vineyard in the parable from the Gospel is a source of turmoil because the workers have been keeping the fruit for themselves. The workers here are the elders and leaders of the Jewish people. They were more concerned with themselves than with the work of God’s kingdom. Jesus came at a very inopportune time for the leaders of the Jewish people. For these leaders, this was not a good time for a Messiah to come.
 
But the world was waiting. God was ready. It was the right time. The call to follow Jesus comes when God chooses, not when we choose. This parable speaks to us today as well. It richly conveys some important truths about God and the way he deals with us. The owner went away and left the vineyard in the hands of the tenants. God, likewise trusts us enough to give us freedom to run life as we choose. This parable also tells us of God’s patience, peace, justice.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder:
 
Vintage time is upon us. The owner of the vineyard is looking for the results of our labor. Are we to beat him off and go on with our lives as though we own the vineyard? Or can we have the courage to put God’s kingdom first in our lives, in our world, in our hearts?  We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil: 4:13).
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