God has created this world and all it contains out of love. He made it beautiful. He has enriched it with inexhaustible goods. He has protected it and looked after it with tenderness by taking care of it. He has entrusted this world, ‘His vineyard’, into our hands, trusting that we don’t disappoint him. But very often humanity betrays that trust of God. We dishearten our Loving God.
The first reading is the passionate outburst of the Prophet Isaiah in which he speaks on behalf of God who expresses the disappointment and bitterness of God. The prophet, inspired by God, from his heart came some questions which seem to be the sobs from the heart of God: “What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done? Why, when I looked for the crop of grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?” (Isaiah 5:4).
Sometimes we have to let ourselves be questioned by this divine suffering of God, let ourselves be shaken up by the cry of a loving God who himself is putting his loving arms around us and looking into our eyes asking us a reason for our ingratitude to him. Humanity disappoints God and the sadness of God often surfaces in the scriptures. In the book of Genesis, after the first sin of our first parents, we find the grievance of God: “When the LORD saw how great the wickedness of human beings was on earth, and how every desire that their heart conceived was always nothing but evil, the LORD regretted making human beings on the earth, and his heart was grieved.” (Gen 6:5-6)
It tells us that we can grieve God! We can pierce the fraternal heart of God, our loving Father. But the love of God is untiring! God never left humanity alone. He continued to call it back through the prophets with the merciful love always willing to forgive and forget. Nevertheless, the hatred, intolerance and indifference was always increasing. Therefore, to save the world, God sent his only son in to the world but the tenants of the vineyard killed him. Even this did not cause God to abandon humanity. He wanted to save us and give us back life, thus the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. From the humiliation of the cross is born the glory of the resurrection. This was the sign of his unconditional love. It is not because of our merit we are being saved, but of God’s love.
Let us accept the real life that Christ offers us and share it with others. Don’t let yourself be restful as long as there is someone around you restless because that person is away from God. The more we experience the love of God in our lives, the more we feel the need of praising, thanking and blessing him who saved our lives with his blood.
Prayer: Lord, I don’t want to disappoint you ever. Forgive me for the times that I pretended that I have not encountered you in my life. The echo of your loving words resonates in my heart always. Lord, I acknowledge that I have certain strange ideas that may not go along with yours and I do things that you may not like always. How many times I wish to have the freedom and love the way I want without being confronted with your words and with the teachings of the church, the echo of your voice. Forgive me Lord, and help me once again to become the way you want me to be. Let my soul be grafted in you and may I look for nothing except your glory and salvation of souls. I pray that every man and woman come to you and choose you and follow you. Amen.
~ Fr. Augusty