The country is in chaos these last several days because of bankruptcies in Wall Street that led to a credit crisis. The government said that they urgently needed $700 billion bailout to fix the problem. In fact, the presidential election is one month away. The candidates say that they are the ones who can change the politics and recover the economy. What is your opinion? Where do you find hope?
Let’s look at the gospel. The allegorical pieces are in place. God is the owner of the vineyard. Israel, God’s people, is the vineyard. The tenants are the religious leaders. The target of this parable is obviously religious leadership who are not happy with the status of tenants; they want to be the owner. So they refuse to produce the wine from the grapes the landowner planted. They want to be autonomous. They do not want to live in a covenant agreement. They want it all and its face is greed. Greed kills, some activists said. It makes sense.
To tell the truth first, we do not own the vineyard; we work in it. When we want it all, we inherit nothing. In other words, if we want to be like God, we lose everything we have received from the Creator like Adam and Eve who dared to be like God by eating the forbidden fruit. Sin is forgetting the status of creature and trying to be like its creator.