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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 1, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Our Heavenly Father loves us, has provided for us, protects us and established our Church of which we comprise of.  All He asks of us is that we are fruitful.  That we lead just, holy lives, glorifying Him by our actions and deeds for one another and leading others into faith through His Son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

Are we fruitful? Have we worked at being so? Where are we at building God’s kingdom? How many have we brought into faith? Have we given testimony to the many wonders in which Jesus touched us in our lives? Our reason for our hope, our belief? Have we help changed someone’s life? By our love and charity? Our act of service?

Or have we rejected the His love, His teaching? The teaching of the Church His son Jesus established? Have we decided to lead our own lives without Him in it? Have we allowed the world to tell us how we should live? That we are should move on with the times? Disregarding morality and human dignity? Do we simply think we have time to repent or to lead the lives we called to, so for now we want to taste all life has to offer and it’s forbidden fruits? Or that we can lead lives without bearing good fruit?

Let us pray….

Father, you are all merciful. Look not upon our sinfulness but on our desire to serve you in love. Teach us to be good stewards of your gifts and compassionate to others.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

GOSPEL
Matthew 21:33–43, 45–46

33 “Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. 34 When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; 35 and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. 37 Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39 And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The very stone which the builders rejected
has become the head of the corner;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’? 43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it.

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46 But when they tried to arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet.