27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Importance of Stewardship

The Gospel (Mt.21:33-43), as scholars generally point out, presents allegorically in summary form the history of salvation. The landowner is God, and the vineyard is the people of Israel with their privileged position as chosen people (Is 5:1-7) The tenants are the religious and political leaders who reject and maltreat the servants, the prophets sent by God again and again. The son of the vineyard owner is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the stone that the builders rejected that has become the cornerstone.

The parable highlights the importance of stewardship. The punishment that comes from the treacherous tenants is a consequence of their failure
to acknowledge that they are stewards, not owners of the vineyard. Stewardship is being entrusted with the care of something. It always entails accountability. This is described in terms of “producing the fruits” for the owner of the vineyard.

Throughout the parable, there is an emphasis on the importance of producing or bearing fruit. This applies also to relationships among people. Once relationship ceases to be fruitful, it begins to die. This is also true of discipleship. Once the follower of Jesus stops yielding the “good fruit” the Lord expects, the person ceases to be a disciple and steward.

Aside from their failure to bear good fruits, the wicked tenants fail in stewardship. They are guilty of coveting what rightly belongs to the owner of the vineyard. When the wicked tenants failed to deliver, the vineyard is taken away from them and is leased to “other tenants who will give him the produce at a proper times. At the end, it is the kingdom of God that is given to a “people that will produce its fruit.

More photos of the stewardship Celebration @ faCebook.CoM/hiCoCathedral

(Excerpt from 365 Days with the Lord, Liturgical Biblical Diary 2017, St. Paul Publication, Philippines)

Fr. Gregorio Honorio J

 

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