Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God.
This Gospel reminds us of the importance of listening to God’s word.
God speaks to us in many ways—through Scripture, through our Church tradition, in our Church’s teaching, and through modern-day prophets.
We are each a vine in the Lord’s vineyard, grafted onto the true vine of Christ, called to bear fruits of the righteousness in Him and to be the “first fruits” of a new creation.
We need to take care that we don’t let ourselves be overgrown with the thorns and briars of worldly anxiety.
We need to fill our hearts and minds with noble intentions and virtuous deeds, rejoicing always that the Lord is near.
Are we attentive and receptive to God’s word to us through these messengers?