Fr. Americo Santos

Homily: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 8, 2023

On this Sunday, the Church Invites us to rejoice for being chosen by God to be in charge of his vineyard. To carry out this task effectively, we need to be closer to “Jesus” as the cornerstone through prayer and sacramental life. God has entrusted us to take care of His Kingdom, and we need to make it productive for Him.

Our first reading, popularly known as “the parable" or "song of the vineyard", is an allegory. In this reading, God recounts his love and care for Israel. He chose her as the apple of his eyes (Zach 2, 8) and did everything possible to make her good and pleased. Unfortunately, God was repaid by them with bad fruits instead of good fruits. Sometimes we do the same. We repay God ungratefully for all He does for us. We give Him hardness of heart, instead of repentance; unbelief, instead of faith; indifference instead of love and holiness. It is important for us to reflect in this weekend of thanksgiving on how we repay God for all the good things He has done for us throughout our life.

In the Gospel of today, as in the first reading, we find another allegory of the vineyard. The story portrays the chief priests, the elders, and Jewish people as bad tenants who tried to overthrow the landlord instead of being accountable. The question is, after removing these wicked tenants to whom would be given the vineyard of the Lord?

When the Chief priests, the elders of the people and all Jewish people rejected the Gospel, it was given to the gentiles, including us. This reading, therefore, has some important truths about God and the way He deals with his people. First, it tells us of God’s generosity and trust in his people. Second, it tells us of His patience and justice for his people. Of course, this parable reminded the Jews they killed the prophets and they will also kill the Son of God: Christ himself. They rejected Christ as the heir of the vineyard, thinking that was the right thing to do to claim full ownership of what belong to God. This parable is an invitation for us as workers of God’s vineyard to accept the Lordship of Christ in our lives. Allowing Him to be at the center of our lives to bear good fruits for God and others.

As new tenants of the Lord's vineyard, we must give a positive account to God at the end of our lives. We have met His Son; we have faith; we have brains, and we have hearts, so all we need to do is to be good workers of his Kingdom in obedience and in humility.

May God’s abundant blessings be poured out on us, on this thanksgiving weekend as we remember with gratitude, all we and our families have received from Him. May we respond to his generosity with joy and happiness so that all people we encounter this thanksgiving weekend may see in us mercy, compassion, and love from God to them. Happy thanksgiving.

Peace be with you all, Fr Americo Santos.