This week we hear another parable about vineyards – one which becomes violent as the tenants seize and kill the servants of the master and then the son.  The message of Jesus to the religious leaders is they have misused the fruits of God’s vineyard – they have been focused on themselves and their desires rather than the master’s.  God has a plan for each of us.  He knows what is best for us.  He provided the cornerstone of Jesus Christ to lead us to a vast and wonderful harvest.  He calls us to be faithful and responsive to his care for us that we might reap the fruits of the harvest.

As Vincentians, we too should have a singular focus in our ministry and our lives.  Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our faith and his care and concern for the poor and vulnerable of our Vincentian ministry.  We should seek the Lord’s answers to those situations he places before us.  In prayer and humility, we are called to care for those God places before us.  Do we keep our eyes squarely on God’s plan for ourselves and those we minister to when seeking answers to difficulties?  Do we trust in God’s plan and seek to fulfil his will always?  Is prayer a cornerstone of our lives?

Father, allow me to be a faithful caretaker in your vineyard.  Allow me to nurture those in need, helping them to grow in there love and hope in you.  Help me to never lose sight of your will, trusting always in your ways.  Allow me to grow in prayer being ever focused on our Lord Jesus.  Help me to serve in humility, selflessly and with great passion.  I pray all of this in your Son’s name.  Amen