Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time – The parable of the tenants

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to the priests and elders with a parable. In this parable, the landowner leases his vineyard to tenants and sends his servants to collect the portion of the harvest that the tenants owe to him. Several times the servants are sent to collect payment, and each time they are beaten and killed by the tenants. Finally, the landowner sends his son to collect his rent. The tenants, believing that they will inherit the vineyard if the landowner dies without an heir, plot together and kill the landowner’s son.

 

In telling the parable, Jesus is drawing upon Isaiah 5:1-7, which is today’s first reading and one that the priests and elders would have known well. Jesus doesn’t, therefore, have to explain the symbolism of the parable; the Pharisees would have understood that the vineyard represented Israel, the landowner represented God, the servants represented the prophets, and the bad tenants represented the religious leaders. Yet Jesus nonetheless explains the meaning of the parable for his audience: The Kingdom of God will be taken from the unbelieving and given to the faithful. The chief priests and elders have condemned themselves with their answer to Jesus’ question.

 

This Gospel reminds us of the importance of listening to God’s word and acting upon it. God speaks to us in many ways—through Scripture, through the Church’s tradition, in the Church’s teaching, and through modern-day prophets. Are we attentive and receptive to God’s word to us?

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Mass will continue to only be celebrated online during the Cardiff Lockdown period.

 

Ceremonies not open to the general public, for example funerals, baptisms and weddings, will still go ahead.

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