TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
n today’s Gospe l from Matthew 21, Jesus talked to the chief priests and the elders about his mission by way of another parable. In the parable, God is the landowner and the vineyard is Israel – God’s chosen people. The servants represent the Old Testament prophets – who were persecuted, rejected and some were also killed. And as we know the son in the parable represents Jesus, who would die on the cross, rejected by the majority of the chosen people of Israel.
Since the majority of the people of Israel rejected the Son of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God could have totally disinherited them and taken away any hope of salvation for any of them, but we know that our God is just and merciful. Jesus died for the people of Israel and all people, because he came to be the Savior of all people and the Savior of the world.
Good people are rejected in our local community today as well, either because of the color of their skin or their national origin, or their status in society or their religion among many other reasons for rejection. Rejection demands justice as well as mercy, and it is what God wants. He wants us to do justice in our part of the world. On October 10, our Justice Ministry will meet to discuss what we will be doing this year to support justice in Palm Beach County. Come and join us in the school classroom #118 at 7:00 p.m. God bless you and your family.
Rev. Robert L. Pope, Jr.