There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went on a journey.
When the harvest time was near, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his portion of the crop. But the tenants seized his slaves, beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first, and they treated them the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them, saying, “They will respect my son”. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and get his inheritance!” So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? (Matthew 21:33-40)
Jesus and many before him, came into this world to share Gods Good News but they were “thrown out of the vineyard”. Let’s pray for non-believers that with the help of the Holy Spirit they will open their hearts.
Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to see you in everyone I meet and in everything I do today.
Prayer: Breastplate (St Patrick)
I bind unto myself today,
the power of God to hold and lead,
his eye to watch, his might to stay,
his ear to hearken to my need:
the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward;
the word of God to give me speech,
his heavenly host to be my guard.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort me and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.