In this Sunday’s gospel reading, Jesus tells a vineyard parable, which serves as an image of Israel, the prophets’ mission, and Christ’s death. For Christians, the vineyard also speaks of God’s love poured out in the blood of Christ, given to us for the forgiveness of sin. Grafted onto Christ the vine at baptism, we are nourished with wine and bread so that we may share Christ’s sufferings and know the power of his resurrection.
The song of the vineyard
Look down from heaven, O God; behold and tend this vine.
Nothing surpasses the value of knowing Christ
The parable of the vineyard owner’s son
Worship Themes and Music
This week’s parable has us considering the foolishness and wisdom of the landowner sending his son to the tenants. Why send your son when everyone else whom you sent was killed and rejected? And yet, what seems to be foolishness on the part of the landowner/God figure ends up being the greatest wisdom of all: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. Jesus, sent to die for our salvation, is the chief cornerstone of our faith. God’s wisdom is to graft us into these salvational promises in the same way that vines are grafted to create stronger varietals.
Music for this week will include All Creatures Worship God Most High, that great hymn which comes to us from St. Francis of Assisi. October 4th is the celebration of this blessed saint of the church and this hymn proclaims the greatness of God sung by all aspects of creation; even death praises God. For our hymn of the day we will sing Thine the Amen, proclaiming that all good things come from God.
In what ways do we welcome God’s word into our lives? In what ways are we less welcoming?
Francis of Assisi gave up a life of comfort to serve God and serve neighbor. What are some ways we can follow Francis’ example to make our world a better place?