October 1, 2011

27th Sunday - A (October 2, 2011)

Matthew 21: 33 - 43

It's a Great Vineyard

The vineyard is a familiar image used in Scripture to symbolize God's chosen people (Isaiah 5: 7) [1].

In Jesus' parable, the owner makes sure it is a good vineyard. He also sets it up ready to produce. So, he "put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower."

The tower can also be understood as a symbol of how he cares for those to whom he entrusts the vineyard. It serves both as "a watchpost and [their] shelter" [2]. Through the words of the Prophet Isaiah, God shows how much God cares for his vineyard, "What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done?" (5: 4) [3].

What is the portion of God's great vineyard entrusted to us? See how much cares God gives to it!
How do I care for it?

[1]. This Sunday's First Reading.
[2]. Daniel J. Harrington, SJ. The Gospel of Matthew. Sacra Pagina series. Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press, 1991; p. 302.
[3]. This Sunday's First Reading.

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