October 8: Producing Fruit, a Sunday Scriptures blog

fruitsToday’s Gospel is the parable about the king’s son, sent by his Father to visit the vineyard they owned, who is murdered by the vineyard tenants. The parable expresses Matthew’s dismay over the rejection of Jesus by his own Jewish brethren. The tenants in the parable are the Jews who have rejected and killed Jesus. They will be thrown out of the vineyard and replaced by “people who will produce its fruit” — the Christians. These last words provide the focus for us: we are responsible for producing fruit. Being responsible does not sound so great, does it? But it really is good news. It is not so hard because the Lord told us: “my yoke is easy, my burden is light.” The yoke referred to is for a pair of oxen. The Lord is pulling it with us, as together we plant love, compassion, gratitude and all other wonderful things in the field of the kingdom. It is a responsibility which is a privilege that gives meaning to our lifetime!

– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia

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