Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:
“Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near,
he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking,
‘They will respect my son.’
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”
They answered him,
“He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times.”
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?
Therefore, I say to you,
the kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”
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Our Heavenly Father can never be outdone in generosity. He entrusts us with beautiful gifts all around us. We look around and see the plants and animals of the earth, our talents, and our brothers and sisters in Christ. He gives these and more to us, but they aren’t ours to keep. We’re responsible for taking care of them and protecting them because they’re precious to God. A month and a half ago, I met the community that God gave me. Everyone in it is made in his image and likeness, and he trusts me to love him as I would love his Son. The people in my community aren’t random strangers; they’re my brothers and sisters in Christ. Neglecting them and not serving, listening to, or spending time with them would be like forsaking Jesus. Instead of being like the tenants in the parable we hear today, who killed the landowner’s son, let’s embrace him and show him how we’ve been faithful servant who took care of what God entrusted to us.
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