27th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
“He will lease the vineyard to other tenants”
The parable of the vineyard is “a Bible within a Bible”, presenting in veiled form the history of salvation. It’s a story of a God who is at once a trusting father, a patient mother and a just judge. The owner of the vineyard trusts the tenants to get on with the task of cultivating it. He shows immense patience by giving them chance after chance to respond to his appeal to produce a harvest. They don’t listen. In the end, his patience runs out and he gives the vineyard to other tenants. We are the tenants today. God give us ample opportunity to produce fruit, but there does come a moment of reckonging and those who have ears to hear should listen. True fruitfulness begins in the heart and mind, so we should heed the words of Paul in today’s Second Reading when he asks us to fill our minds with al that is true, noble and good. Thoughts are roots; words are leaves; actions are fruits.