SUNDAY DAY 4
TENANTS OF HIS VINEYARD
(DAY 3 OF THE GREAT MARIAN NOVENA)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:33-43
Our first reading today from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah shares the theme of the Gospel. It speaks of a vineyard that, despite the loving care of its owner, yielded only “wild grapes.” In the Old Testament, the “Vineyard” was a symbol for God’s people.
The parable of the Tenants uses the imagery of a vineyard. This image is obviously taken from the “Song of the Vineyard” in Isaiah, which is the first reading this Sunday. The vineyard is the house of Israel, God’s people. This parable illustrates the contrast between God’s love for His people and the people’s obstinate disobedience and treachery. This is essentially God’s call to repentance for His people.
God’s love: This can be seen in the detailed enumeration of the work done by the owner to his vineyard. He was the one who painstakingly planted the vineyard. He has put his full trust in the tenants under whose care and supervision he has left his beloved vineyard. The tenants are you and I whom God has put in charge of God’s treasures or vineyard.
The tenants’ treachery: When the owner of the vineyard sent his servants to collect his share of the harvest, the tenants killed them all. This parable then is a prediction of our Lord Jesus Christ about his forthcoming sufferings and death in the hands of the religious leaders of Israel.
This parable is primarily directed to the Jewish leaders in our Lord Jesus’ time. This is also a strong warning to us. We are the new people of God. He entrusted to us all His graces, gifts and vineyard. A time for accounting will definitely come. We must be trustworthy tenants of His vineyard so that we become His instruments for the salvation of His people. Otherwise, we will end up in the same pit as the Jewish leaders in our Lord Jesus’ time. Our Christian faith gives us not only honour and dignity; it also gives us serious duties and responsibilities. God will judge us accordingly, depending on how faithful we fulfil our duties and obligations as tenants of His vineyard. Hence, this parable ultimately is a call to repentance for all of us. Often times we lose sight of the fact that God was the Owner of the vineyard and we are mere stewards. As vinedressers, we are called to care for the vineyard but the fruit of the vine was His.
MASS: WHITE TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (A); Is 5:1-7; Ps 80:8 and 11.12-13. 14-15 and 17b. 18-19(R. Is 5:7a); Phil 4:6-9; Accl. Jn 15:16; Gospel Matt 21:33-43
- Child of God, let us ask God for mercy for the times we have exhibited selfishness and greed in our service to God and humanity
- Pray for the grace to be a trustworthy tenant in God’s vineyard
- Take the exercise/commitment and prayers as stipulated in the GREAT MARIAN NOVENA in DSD section B
Exercise: REMEMBER TO SHARE 10 COPIES OF DSD AS PART OF OUR COMMITMENT DURING THIS GREAT MARIAN NOVENA AND AS PART OF CELEBRATING DSD at 10
Meditation: 1 Timothy 6:17-21