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Good News A45

They Will Respect My Son

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 Matthew 21:33-43 New American Bible

Matthew 21:33-43 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

Finally, the landowner sent his son to the vineyard renters, thinking, 'They will respect my son.'

 

Reject means to turn down. It is not fun to be rejected by others. People sometimes reject you. People rejected Jesus. You are sometimes misunderstood. Jesus was misunderstood. The tenants who had rented the vineyards rejected anyone who was sent by the landowner to get his share of the grapes for rent payment. They even rejected the owner’s son. The tenants who were renting the vineyards did not do the right thing. They did not obey God’s commandments. They killed the people who were sent to collect the good harvest. When you choose to sin, rather than to do the right thing, you are rejecting God. It makes Him very sad. God is very proud when you spread the word about His goodness. He is very happy when you reject evil. He is glad when we choose good ways, not evil ways.

Let’s suppose there is a person at school that you would really like to be friends with. You go up and say, “May I play with you?  If they reject you and say, “No,” don’t fret. There are people who will play with you. Look around. Ask God to find them for you. Don’t spend your life being sad and angry because a certain person doesn’t seem to like you. Forgive them for not playing with you. As long as you are pleasing God, it doesn’t matter if these people like you. Say, “I love you, Lord. Help me find a good friend who will help me stay on your path and be filled with fun, fun, fun.”

If you don’t get the part you want in a play, try to look at the bright side. God must have other work for you. Ask God to show you what He wishes you to do for him. Maybe He wants you to build the scenery for this play. Maybe He wants you to be a friend to someone who has no friends. Maybe He wants you to help your parents or your brother or sister at home. Perhaps He wants you to spend more time improving your math grades. If you ask God, He will show you a clear path of what He wants you to do. You are a child of God. He wants you to go to Heaven to be with Him. He wants you to choose the good path. He wants you to say, “NO WAY” to the temptations of evil.

Say the “Our Father” to help you choose God’s way over evil ways.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

  

Copyright ©2002, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards