October 4: The Kingdom of God, a vineyard, a Church


Following is a homily suggestion from an unnamed writer, forwarded by Father Simon Carian for the AUSCP. The writer asks forgiveness for re-writing the Sunday readings for October 4 by suggesting topic of today.

Let me sing of my God:
My God had a church on a fertile hillside; he cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; but what it yielded was racism, sexism, clericalism and homophobia. Now, people, this is what God has to say to us:

What more was there to do that I had not done? What shall I do with my church–I will break through its wall, let it be trampled! I will make it a ruin: overgrown with thorns and briers; The people are my cherished plant; I looked for justice, but see only bloodshed!

In another parable, There was a God who planted a church, Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When harvest time drew near, he sent his beloved servants to the church, But the people of the church seized the beloved servants and they knelt on the neck of one, another they beat, and a third they shot in the back.  And some people of the church merely looked away in silence. 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 they did not respect or even recognize his son, His son wore the guise of the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, and the oppressed.  He had the appearance of one subjugated by racism and hatred. When the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, Let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.  Let’s take his job, his opportunity, his family.’ They seized him and killed him.  

Now what do you think God will do to that church when he comes?” “He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and give his church to others who will give Him the produce at the proper times.”

Jesus said to them, The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

The last shall become first, 

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.

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