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27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “HE WILL LEASE THE VINEYARD TO OTHER HUSBANDMEN”

From the Pastor Desk –

“GO YE ALSO INTO MY VINEYARD”

  • In the language of a song of human love the prophet
    speaks of God’s love for his people. Like a worker who devotes
    all his care to his vineyard, and it does not give him the expected
    fruit. Isaiah tells us the story of God’s relationship with his people
    as the story of an unrequited love: Israel is the vineyard that the
    Lord takes care of with delicacy and that yields sour grapes instead
    of good grapes. It is the same story that Psalm 79 reminds us
    of: come and visit your vineyard, the vine which your right hand
    planted and which you made vigorous.
  • The Gospel maintains the image of the vineyard, now
    with the novelty that it is presented as the Kingdom given to the
    people of Israel. Unfortunately, this people does not bear the
    expected fruits; on the contrary, it mistreats and murders those
    sent by God, ending with its own Son. Paul, witness of the new and
    eternal covenant, encourages the Philippians to open themselves
    to the love of the God of peace by living as true disciples of Christ.

 

  • This Sunday’s parable teaches us that we should not live
    in a false religious security because we are members of the Lord’s
    vineyard. Just because we belong to the Lord’s vineyard does
    not mean that we are already living according to his will. As the
    Jewish leaders did not know how to recognize the cornerstone,
    the Kingdom will be given to a new people, no longer the twelve
    tribes of Israel, but the twelve Apostles, the new Israel: the
    Church, which will recognize in Jesus its cornerstone and which
    will bear the fruits of the Kingdom.

 

  • Today’s Gospel message is not a thing of the past.
    It challenges us all as members of the believing people, as
    a new vineyard that God continues to care for with infinite
    tenderness. We thank God for his faithfulness and patience
    with us and we ask his forgiveness because on many occasions
    we do not bear the fruits of the Kingdom that he expects.
    For reflection: “the stone that the builders rejected”, do the men
    and women of our society recognize Jesus as the cornerstone of
    their lives? and you? “he will rent the vineyard to other tenants
    who will give him the fruits in due season”, what are those fruits
    that correspond to the Kingdom of God? in what way are our
    Church and our communities responding to God’s commission?

 

  • Although we have been Christians for a long time,
    we still have much to learn. There is still a great distance
    between God’s plans and ours, as Isaiah says: “My plans are
    not your plans”. From the Gospel we learn that God always
    surprises us and exceeds our expectations, changes our way of
    understanding our relationship with Him and with our brothers.
    He keeps calling, inviting us to work in his vineyard. At the evening
    of each day may we be able to say, like St. Paul to the Christians of
    Philippi, that for us life is Christ.

 

  • The new wine, the fruit of God’s vineyard, is the blood of
    Jesus Christ. To the extent that we receive communion from the
    Eucharist, we are living branches grafted onto the vine, which is
    the Lord.

 

  • Thank you all for your generosity and for being part of this beautiful Blessed Sacrament Community.


Greetings at home to all; with my love and blessing,Blessings,

Father Gabriel Jaime Toro R – Pastor

Desde el escritorio del Padre Gabriel Toro:

“ARRENDARÁ LA VIÑA
A OTROS LABRADORES”

  • En el lenguaje de un canto de amor humano habla el
    profeta del amor de Dios a su pueblo. Como un obrero que dedica
    todos sus cuidados a su viña, y ésta no le da el fruto esperado.
    Isaías nos cuenta la relación de Dios con su pueblo como la historia
    de un amor no correspondido: Israel es la viña que el Señor cuida
    con delicadeza y que da agrazones en vez de buenas uvas. Es la
    misma historia que el Salmo 79 nos recuerda: ven a visitar tu viña,
    la cepa que tu diestra plantó y que Tú hiciste vigorosa.

 

  • El Evangelio mantiene la imagen de la viña, ahora con la
    novedad que se presenta como el Reino entregado al pueblo de
    Israel. Lastimosamente este pueblo no da los frutos esperados,
    por el contrario, maltrata y asesina a los enviados de Dios,
    terminando con su propio Hijo. Pablo, testigo de la nueva y eterna
    alianza, anima a los filipenses a abrirse al amor del Dios de la paz
    viviendo como verdaderos discípulos de Cristo.

 

  • La parábola de este domingo nos enseña que, no debemos
    vivir en una falsa seguridad religiosa por ser miembros de los
    labradores de la viña del Señor. No por el hecho de pertenecer a la
    viña del Señor ya estamos viviendo según su voluntad. Como los
    dirigentes judíos no supieron reconocer la piedra angular, el Reino
    se entregará a un nuevo pueblo, no ya las doce tribus de Israel,
    sino los doce Apóstoles, el nuevo Israel: la Iglesia, que reconocerá
    en Jesús a su piedra angular y que dará frutos propios del Reino.

 

  • El mensaje del Evangelio de hoy no es cosa del pasado.
    Nos cuestiona a todos como miembros del pueblo creyente,
    como nueva viña a la que Dios sigue cuidando con infinita ternura.
    Damos gracias a Dios por su fidelidad y su paciencia con nosotros
    y le pedimos perdón porque en muchas ocasiones no damos los
    frutos del Reino que Él espera.

 

  • Para reflexionar: “la piedra que desecharon los
    constructores” ¿los hombres y mujeres de nuestra sociedad
    reconocen a Jesús como la piedra angular de sus vidas? ¿y tú?;
    “arrendará la viña a otros labradores que le entreguen los frutos
    a su tiempo” ¿cuáles son esos frutos que corresponden al Reino
    de Dios? ¿de qué manera están respondiendo nuestra Iglesia y
    nuestras comunidades al encargo de Dios?

 

  • El vino nuevo, fruto de la viña de Dios, es la sangre de
    Jesucristo. En la medida que comulgamos de la Eucaristía, somo
    sarmientos vivos injertados en la cepa, que es el Señor.

 

  • Con mi cariño y mi Bendición,
    Padre, Gabriel Jaime Toro R. Pastor.

 

  • Mil Gracias a todos por su generosidad y por hacer parte deesta hermosa Comunidad del Santísimo Sacramento.

 

        • Bendiciones,
           Padre Gabriel Jaime Toro R – Pastor

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