Monthly Archives: September 2011

Reflecting on the Gospel for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

From The Gospel of Matthew by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, commenting on Matthew 21:40-41:

Jesus asks what the landowner should do to the tenants. With great irony, the chief priests and elders, who in the parable are represented by the tenants, unwittingly indict themselves: He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants. These self-condemning words from the Jewish leaders foreshadow their own punishment, since their role as caretakers for the Lord’s vineyard will be given to others.

© 2010 Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri and Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

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Reflecting on the Gospel for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From The Gospel of Matthew by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, commenting on Matthew 21:28-23:

Obviously, the first son is the one who did his father’s will. Even the chief priests and elders recognize that. But what Jesus says next would have utterly dumbfounded them. Jesus tells them that the tax collectors and prostitutes will enter the kingdom of God before you. Tax collectors and prostitutes were considered at the bottom of the socio-religious scale, outside God’s covenant, the kind of people the chief priests and elders looked down on the most. Yet, like the first son, these notorious sinners, who rebelled initially, repented when they heard the exhortation of John the Baptist. That Jesus would say these sinful outsiders will enter God’s kingdom before the chief priests and elders would have been completely astounding—and offensive.

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Reflecting on the Gospel for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From The Gospel of Matthew by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, reflecting on Matthew 20:1-16:

The parable of the vineyard workers shines a spotlight on the extravagant generosity of God. The late hires received from the divine landowner the same compensation as the early arrivals, yet this was neither earned by their efforts nor owed to them according to the terms of the contract. It was not something they deserved or merited. It was simply a gift that the Lord was free to bestow at his good pleasure.

© 2010 Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri and Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

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Reflecting on the Gospel for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From The Gospel of Matthew by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, reflecting on Matthew 18:21-35:

Jesus calls his disciples to a very high standard of mercy. We cannot speak words of forgiveness while harboring resentment. The Catechism reminds us that true forgiveness entails “a vital participation, coming from the depths of the heart, in the holiness and the mercy and the love of our God” (Catechism 2842). Admittedly, this is not always easy. Some injuries are so deep that it “is not in our power not to feel or to forget an offense” (Catechism 2843). Nevertheless, if we remember how much God has forgiven us then we can avoid becoming like that unforgiving servant who, though he was forgiven much, failed to forgive others.

© 2010 Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri and Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

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