DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
“Greed”: In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ parable of the “Tenants” reminds us of how “greed” for material possessions can lead to serious forms of “self-centredness”. This in turn can adversely affect our relationships with others and with God. Ponder on, “Is this true of my attitude towards material possessions?”
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
Matthew 21:33-35, 37-38a, 39b-41, 43
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, then he leased it to tenants and went abroad.
When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Finally he sent his son to them thinking, “They will respect my son.” But when the tenants saw the son, they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him at the proper time.’
‘I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’