June 25, 2016
The Parable of the Tenants
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew 21, 33 – 46:
Jesus said, “Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?” They answered him, “He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper time.” Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the scriptures:
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful to our eyes”?
Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit. The one who falls on this stone will be dashed to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parable, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.
I thank the Lord for another beautiful sunny day today Friday. The temperature was 20 degrees Celsius and it was not windy at all. I thank the Lord for the gifts that I have received to help me pay bills on Monday. Today, June 24th, I celebrated the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, the one who baptized Our Lord in the Jordan River. This day is the big feast day of the Province of Quebec. Jacques Cartier, the first Frenchman to land on the Island, arrived for the first time on June 24th and named the Island, the Island of Saint John. The island had this name for about 200 years until the British took over and named it Prince Edward Island. How I wish we had the old name again.
Below you will find the message of Our Dear Mother Mary given to Father Melvin. She spoke to him these words,
“I bless you My son Melvin and all My sons and daughters who daily follow My Son Jesus. I pray that you believe in Him with all your heart and pray every day and that you go to Holy Mass every Sunday. Do not forget to also follow the commandments of God and one day you will be with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and with Me and all the angels and saints in heaven.
The parable given by My Son Jesus which you just read, tells you something special. The vineyard is the Kingdom of God and the first tenants were the Jews. The Jews refused to follow God and especially to believe in My Son. The Jewish leaders had him arrested, beaten and at the end crucified and He died on the cross. So today the Jewish people are not part of the Kingdom of God. Those who belong to the Kingdom are people from all the other countries of the world. You know that today one billion, two hundred million people belong to the Church of My Son. By baptism they entered the Kingdom of God and if they remain in the Kingdom, they will be saved. Pray My sons and daughters that the Jewish people may come to believe in My Son and become a part of His Church and members of the Kingdom of God. I bless you all.”