October 5, 2014
Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 21:33-34
Jesus said, “Here is another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard...When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned ... 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. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?” They answered him, “He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants...” Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures: The Stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”
Sharing the Mission
St Louise de Marillac wrote, “Do not be upset if things are not as you would want them to be for a long time to come. Do the little you can very peacefully and calmly so as to allow room for the guidance of God in your lives. Do not worry about the rest.”
As a conference do you share together the burdens of those you serve so that you can remain positive in your service?
Remember St Louise de Marillac’s words this week if you confront a challenging situation in your visits ... “do what little you can peacefully and calmly”.
Those who walk with integrity proclaim the steadfast love of our God. In trust, we pray, walk with us, Lord.
Teach us to do what is right and to speak the truth with courage.
Teach us to serve the poor, and to recognise the face of Christ.