From the Word of the Day
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. (Matthew 21: 37-39)
From this Parable, we can intuit the state of soul of the Lord Jesus. He did all He could to announce the characteristics of God’s Kingdom that He came to bring. He healed the sick; He raised the dead. And yet, He was held in a climate of suspicion, of violence, and of rejection. So the Master has recourse to a Parable. The vineyard loved by the Lord represents each of us and the People of God in general. God loves it passionately and expects an abundant harvest. Instead, He receives rejection and violence.
The same thing happens today. How many God sends and they are still ill-treated by the world. Think of the Middle East countries, of Africa and Asia: to be a Christian in many of these countries is very dangerous. Even in Italy and in the West in general, Christianity and the various Christian sects often undergo humiliations and prejudice. There is another dimension we must not forget: the vineyard represents each of us. Each of us has the ambition to become the absolute owner of their life; to conquer their own presumed freedom by getting rid of every reference to God. This is how we think we can become the masters and not the caretakers.
And yet, our God continues to look at His vineyard, at us, with the eyes of love and takes care of us. What else could I have done for you and did not do? This is the love song of a passionate God. What will we respond?
In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall assimilate this parable and let it speak to me of my attitudes toward God as Lord and Master.
Jesus, I love You and know that only in You can I truly be free!
The Voice of Paola, 15 years old
Lord, my God, every day You are ready to enlighten my day like the sun and I am not always ready to open my window to You. Make us capable of painting the world with many beautiful colors like this sun is making in the sky. Bye, Lord; happy day.