In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us the parable of the wicked tenants of the vineyard.
The vineyard owner sends servants to collect the produce from the tenants, but they are beaten and killed. Finally, the owner sends his son, thinking they will respect him, but they kill him too. Jesus then asks the crowd what the owner will do to the tenants. They respond that he will put them to a miserable death and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.
We are the new tenants in the vineyard, because to whom much is given, much is expected. In whatever position we find ourselves now we must be ready to give a positive and fruitful account to the master and Lord of the vineyard. When we ignore the weak, the poor, and those we are supposed to take care of, when we fail to render justice to whom it is due, when we overturn the truth and prefer lies, and when we bring other pain and sorrow instead of joy, we do not bring about a fruitful vineyard. We are called to build our lives on Jesus and his message of love and mercy.
Accepting Jesus as the heir to God’s vineyard in our own lives is very important. Allowing him to take his rightful position in our lives, which is God’s vineyard, is the only way we can bear good fruit.
“I tell you that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. “(Mt 21:43)
Peace be with you!