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A Gospel according to Mt 21:33-43, 45-46

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?” They answered him, "He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.” Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures:

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?

Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

REFLECTION: "They will respect my son."

What is our reaction when we hear the name of Jesus being said?

At Church, are we paying attention to the words of the Liturgy?

In casual conversation with our friends are we cussing and using His name for foul language?

We live in a world where vulgarity is taken for granted. It is part of everyday conversation. It is common even in "family rated" media. And much more in music.

In fact His name is commonly used as a bad word instead of as a blessing.

How desensitized are we from hearing the name of the Lord said in vain?

I wonder, what does using foul language do to our society, our family, and to ourselves? Is it just how it's always been and "no harm no foul"?

St. Paul exhorts us in his epistle: "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you should respond to each one." (Col 4:6)

Our land has rejected God for many years now and uses His name as a curse.

How could we revert this?

We could say every day the Breathing Jesus prayer.

  • Take a deep breath.

  • Using half of the breath say: Jeesuuus....

  • Hold for just a second.

  • With the rest of your breath say: Meerrcyyy...

Say this prayer for our country, for our society, for our families, for ourselves, over and over...

Let us fill the land with the ame of Jesus again. So once more we will see:

"That at the name of Jesus

every knee should bend,

of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue confess that

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father."

(Phil 2:10-11)

God bless y'all!


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