Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Short reflection on last Sundays reading

All the readings last Sunday were centered around the idea of the Vintage. This image is often used in connection with the kingdom of God, and the tenants the people who take care of the vintage here on earth, in Jesus His time most often referred to the priest, scribes and Pharisees. In our time this could correspond with the priestly ministry and people in charge of formation etc. Actually, in a way it reveres to all Christians, as we are all apostolic by virtue of our baptism.

It can be very striking, and in a way scary, to read the readings with this kept in mind... and it allows us to look at our own lives and see if we try to life up to the expectations.

I want to make a short comment on the first reading (Isaiah 5:1-7), especially the first two lines:
My beloved had a vineyardon a very fertile hill. He digged it and cleared it of stones,and planted it with choice vines;he built a watchtower in the midst of it,and hewed out a wine vat in it;and he looked for it to yield grapes,but it yielded wild grapes.

I really shows the love God has for us, for each one of us. He chooses a very fertile plot of land, and does everything he can to make the choice vine (us, me) to grow and produce the best fruit. However, the result is not according to the love that went into the vine, and it only produced wild (or sour) grapes.

God does everything He can reasonably while respecting our free will, he makes everything perfect for us to blossom, but we don't live up to the expected result (not the result God expects, but the result you would reasonable expect looking at the virues given). We don't accept the love and care of God... the challenge here, or more the invitation in my eyes, is to embrace God's love. It is to accept and appreciate all the care God has for us, and to embrace Him, growing into the fullness of love with Him.

Coming back then to the responsibility of the tenders, and to reach out to bring others to God, we will not fail to do this with the love which comes from accepting all God's care. This will shine out from us. We are planted on the fertile soil and in this way will at the end produce choice grapes.

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