Reading1 IS 5:1-7, Responsorial Psalm PS 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20, Reading 2 PHIL 4:6-9, Gospel MT 21:33-4

Today’s readings call us to bear fruits in our spiritual life.

In the first reading, we hear the Prophet Isaiah’s song which is about a landowner who planted a vineyard and did everything possible to make it bear good fruits. The landowner’s efforts were vain because the vineyard produced grapes of bad quality. The landowner, disappointed, decides not only to no longer care for his vineyard but also to let it be destroyed. Here, Isaiah is criticizing his compatriots who are unfaithful to God despite His tenderness and kindness to them. For us, the scripture is a reminder that God expects us to bear good fruits for we are His people and through Christ, He has given us what we need to produce good fruits.

In the second reading, Saint Paul addresses the church of Philippe with words full of tenderness and affection for the members of the church of Phillipe are faithful to the Gospel and they supported Paul in His mission. He wants them to think about “whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and gracious.” In that way, they would remain faithful to the Gospel.

In the gospel, Jesus’ account alludes to a practice which was quite common in Palestine. In fact, most of vineyards were owned by rich people, mainly partisans of Romans, residing in Jerusalem. A landowner would entrust his vineyard to Palestinian farmers expecting that they would give him its produce. The Palestinian farmers were not happy with that, they considered the practice to be exploitation by the rich minority. They developed a slogan saying that the vineyard is for the farmers. It was frequent for those sent by the landowners to ask for the products from vineyards to be mistreated. What is comforting in Jesus’ tragic account is its end. Even though the landowner has suffered a lot from the wickedness of the tenants of his vineyard, he does not abandon it. He decides to hire other people who would take care of the vineyard and give him its due produce.

God is like the landowner who does not abandon his vineyard. God does not get tired of us. The further we go from him, the more prophets He sends us. We can make our lives miserable, but God does not give up on us, He restores us to good life again. So, this word: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” is fulfilled.

In those few lines I hope to have shared with you what I heard from 6:30 AM Mass on Sunday October 4, 2020 at Mont Sion Gikungu.

The mass was celebrated by Father Floribert.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Christa Ishimwe