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20171008 - Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:52 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 6:29 AM ]

Gospel of Matthew 21:33-43

Teddy’s Reflection

This Sunday’s gospel from Matthew tells a parable about a landowner, his vineyard, and the tenants leasing it. The tenants beat, stone, and kill the people the landowner sends to gather the produce of the vineyard, including the landowner’s son. I see this as a metaphor we can apply in our lives where God is the landowner, the vineyard is God’s kingdom (the world we live in today), and we are each tenants.

God entrusts each of us to care for His kingdom and to bear rich harvest for Him. We are blessed with individual gifts and talents that are meant to be used in a positive and productive way. God did not intend for us to keep our gifts to ourselves like the landowners who refused to give up the harvest. Jesus says, “The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” The gospel even alludes to the first reading from Isaiah and the responsorial psalm, where the message is to care for the vineyard of the Lord.

Using our talents to build up the Kingdom rather than tear it down may sound like a daunting task, but it is something that can be achieved not only through grand gestures, but through small, meaningful acts. If you are blessed with the gift of listening, rather than absorbing gossip about family or friends, listen to those who need someone to vent to. If you are one of the best athletes on your team, don’t just worry about individual stats and accomplishments, but work with your teammates to improve their skills. If you are an intelligent student, don’t zone out in class because it’s too easy, but help your classmates who are having difficulty with the subject. If you are a great judge of character, don’t just point out flaws in those around you, but give praise where it is due and criticism that is gentle and constructive so that individuals can learn and grow.

Our talents are like hammers that can be used either to break or build, and we are challenged and entrusted to build God’s kingdom. Brick houses are made up of individual bricks that are pieced together. If we each share our talents and use them how God intended, we can build a much more beautiful world.