by Sr. Rosalee Burke, ND
Today’s readings are pretty clear that building a grape yard is hard work. And finding honest, hardworking people to care for the grape yard is also difficult. In the Gospel parable the tenants are not faithful workers. They kill the owner’s servants who come to collect the owners share. What will the owner do? If he comes, how will he be treated?
We are all good at knowing what bad things will happen in a story. We are not as good at knowing what undeserved good things might happen. God points out what bad things can happen to both the vineyard and to the workers. But we also know what good things might happen. The owner may replace his workers with new people who are honest, hard workers. They and he might both be rewarded with wonderful, tasty grapes and wine.
Seldom in life do we receive great results without some work on our part. Let us thank God for teaching us the right ways to live.