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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 7, 2017

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THURSDAY, December 7

Matthew 21:43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.

Today we hear Jesus speaking in the temple, telling the parable of the vineyard. The owner has leased his land to tenants to farm and give him a portion of the produce—a sharecropper arrangement. When the landowner sends slaves to retrieve the produce, the tenants kill them. This happens a second time, so the landowner sends his son, reasoning that they will respect him. But the tenants beat and kill the son too. In the end, the landowner kills the tenants and gives the land to another set of tenants who will do their jobs and not behave like criminals.

In case we are not entirely clear about the allegory, Jesus spells it out—God is the landowner, and the chief priests and elders are the tenants about to kill God’s son. At this point, Jesus knows these words are building the case against him—and he says them anyway, speaking the truth despite the consequences. May we go and do likewise.

MOVING FORWARD: Be sure to pick up a couple of bottles of wine or sparkling fruit juice to give as last minute gifts.

PRAY for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts

Today the Church remembers Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, 397.

Ps 18:1-20 * 18:21-50 | Amos 4:6-13 | 2 Peter 3:11-18 | Matthew 21:33-46



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