In the first reading there was a man who had a vineyard he planted the choicest vines of course having plated the best vines he was also expecting to harvest the best crop of good grapes from it.
In the story of creation: (Genesis 1:1-31), God provided everything for Adam and Eve expecting that by doing it they will be faithful to Him. He was expecting faithfulness and obedience to Him no less. Then the serpent came and they allowed themselves to be tempted so they sinned against God, (Genesis 3:1-19).
Just like last Sunday’s gospel (Sept, 28), Jesus gave again another parable to the chief priests and the elders of the people. We may ask, why again the chief priests and the elders of the people? They were again the subject of Jesus’ parable because some of them were only good in worshipping God in thier synagogues but they were lacking when it comes to living their faith.
The parable was about a landowner who planted a vineyard. The landowner put every needed infrastructure for the vineyard to be productive. He then leased it to some tenants and he went on a journey. Harvest time came, so he sent his servants to get his share.
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.
For me, the gospel depicts the greed and sinfulness of the tenants and of the chief priest and the elders of the people. Their sins are also ours; we too are greedy and sinful. But God in His infinite love and mercy for us had sent first the prophets and eventually His only begotten Son Jesus for us to be reconciled with Him.
The catechism teaches us that we will only get reconciled with God thru the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation. In His love God instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders so that we can avail of this sacrament thru His Priest.
Finally, the gospel is for all of us sinners; for we continuously sin in our thoughts, actions and words. May we always be aware that God’s Love and Devine Mercy is always there for us through the Sacrament of Confession.