Mass reading Sunday 5.10.08

Philippians 4:6-9 (New International Version)

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Matthew 21:33-43 (New International Version)

 

The Parable of the Tenants

 33“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. 34When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

 35“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

 38“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

 40“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

 41“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

 42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
   ” ‘The stone the builders rejected
      has become the capstone;
   the Lord has done this,
      and it is marvelous in our eyes’

 43“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

What a contrast to the second reading and the gospel or is it?

What struck me was the deep of God love for us, just as the vine owner would sacrifce his son it is the same with God, he gave us Jesus his only son that we may be forgiven too.

During the sermon too we were asked to reflect on the kind of grapes we are?

 Is God proud of his produce or not?

If were are honest we must say that there are time when we are sour grapes!  What gives us hope is that God is ever forgiving.  AMEN to that bros. and sister

The second reading reminds us that there is no point in worrying about life and that he will guide our feet in to the was of peace as long as we follow his teachings.

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