Today’s Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
As Mother to five young children, I’ve seen my fair share of the popular PBS series “Sesame Street.” In one particular episode, the entire cast of characters is afflicted with “mine-itis,” a malady that prevents each from showing kindness, generosity, and compassion to the other. Convinced that their belongings must be jealously safeguarded, the Sesame Street residents become stingy, possessive, and cruel. It doesn’t take long before their formerly vibrant community devolves into a non-functioning mess of strife and dysfunction.
In today’s Gospel, I’m struck by the disloyal tenants, who, entrusted with harvesting fruit from the Master’s vineyard, not only refuse to give of what they’ve been given, but beat and kill those who come to collect the harvest, including the Master’s Son. The tenants suffer from the most extreme case of “mine-itis,” where desire to possess and rule brings certain destruction.
Eventually, Saint Matthew tells us, the Master puts “those wretched men to a wretched death,” and leases His land to those “who will give Him the produce at the proper time.”
I could never be like those tenants, unwilling to give the very best of myself and my blessings back to the Lord … could I?
Have I ever suffered from “mine-itis,” unwilling to selflessly give of my time, talent, and treasure to the Lord? Have I forgotten that I am not the owner but the tenant, called upon to produce good fruit to benefit the Kingdom?
Heavenly Father, I am sorry for the times I have failed to give You the complete fruits of my labor. Help me to be a good steward of each gift You have entrusted to me. May I always seek to give You the very best of who I am and what I have to prosper Your Kingdom. Amen.
Copyright 2017 Heather Renshaw
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