Father Labib Kobti

Sunday and Holy Day Reflections

The world is your mission
Mt. 21:33-43
Twenty-seven Sunday, Year A
October 6th


This parable of the good tenants and wicked landlords was directed to the chief priests and elders. These people know more than anybody about the different figures and symbol in the Bible. they interpret the Bible to others and ask them to fellow their instructions. They understand more than anybody the words of Jesus. If you read their reaction - the reading of this Sunday do not report it - it says on 21:45-46: "When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parabole, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet."

The story of God with the world is always the same. God is love, generous, open. He wants to save the world, make from earth a paradise for us. People will kill God's love, work selfishly, close themselves on tribes, ethnic, groups and religions. They will use the earth to be their own property and make war to others. The key of this parable is that the people who should be the leaders of the people are doing that and mainly people are the victims of kings, Lords, presidents, Congress, Bishops, Rabbis, Imams etc. But the warning will go to all of them, to the landlords and to the people.

We are all at the end responsible in destroying the work of God, who wants all the best for us. Our mission is the world, we are called to make the best of it, but together holding God's hand.

And when Jesus will say: "Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruits" Mt. 21:43; you will know that Jesus was speaking of me and you. What did you do of my vineyard?

How many time you felt that this opportunity was lost because you have been wicked? How many times you experienced that you could not continue this or that because God will never bless your wrong doing?

In today mass remember that you are called to be faithful to your beliefs. God do not accept people who change their minds every time. You have been baptized and saved by Jesus love, you better be a good disciple and landlord. he gave you a lot of possibilities, a lot of opportunities, special talents to do good and serve God and others. You cannot build happiness only for yourself and yours. The world is your mission. You are called to produce fruits of peace, justice, love and goodness. You are called to take stand with what is fair, true and just.

The word will loose if you close yourself onto yourself. Your mission is the world.



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