FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
October 5, 2014
Today’s gospel: Matthew 21:33-43
Jesus tells us about the parable of the tenants. The landowner is God, the vineyard is the house of Israel (now the Church, the new Israel), the tenants are those entrusted with the work of the Kingdom (all who profess to be Christians). “When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.” (v.34). The produce is the good works expected by God.
God sent His own Son Jesus to suffer and die on the cross, and by his death and resurrection, won for us our salvation. For those who accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, God provides fullness of grace and empowerment by the Holy Spirit. The fruit expected by God is holiness of life and witness to Jesus and the gospel.
God has called us to CFC-FFL, and this is a call to be saints, martyrs and warriors. We are expected to produce fruit. Otherwise, if we do not attain to holiness by which we can do an effective work of evangelization, then the landlord will “lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.” (v.41b).
These are critical times in the life of the Church and in the life of the world. All true disciples of Jesus must live Christ and share Christ. The salvation of Jesus must be urgently proclaimed. We in CFC-FFL have been given a special calling, and the privilege of doing mission in the very heart of the Church, now especially through LCSC.
We are empowered to witness. We are empowered to produce fruit. We are empowered to harvest and present the produce to God. We must therefore act with zeal and determination. Otherwise the landowner will lease his vineyard to other tenants. This is the way it is. God gives us the privilege. We need to act decisively on it. Otherwise God will have to move on, because He has His purposes to be accomplished.
“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.” (v.43). Let us not lose what God has already given us.
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