Daily Gospel Reflection for October 8, 2017 - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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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Heather Anderson Renshaw is a wife, Mama (x5) and on-fire Catholic revert. She’s a national speaker, author/writer (Death By Minivan, Real Catholic MomAll Things Girl: Truth For Teens, Take Up And Read), nap-craver, kitchen dancer, minivan singer, coconut milk latte drinker, and laundry avoider. Heather prays all may experience the healing power of Divine Mercy so they can rejoice and be free.


  1. Hi Heather,
    I liked your reflection and “mine-itis.” It reminds me of how many adults seem to have lots of mine-itis going on in their lives. It is all about surrender, obedience and humility. I am going to ponder in what ways do I have some mine-itis going on in my life. Thank you and God bless you and your family today.

    • Hello, Connie!

      You are absolutely right – in my experience, mine-itis doesn’t discriminate by age, gender, or social status. Humbly asking the LORD where we can be more focused on Him and His people than on our own needs isn’t easy, but it is simple. And a great place to start. God bless you!!

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