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Matthew 21:33-46 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Oct 13, 2023

As we gather for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we hear Jesus tell the disturbing parable of the "wicked tenants." The story speaks of unbridled greed and hatred of those who would usurp that which was entrusted to them for their own benefit. Jesus speaks this story in front of a group of religious authorities, who we hear at the end of our lesson have figured out has some lessons for their own lives. We will explore the challenges presented in this story, and examine how aspects of our lives can draw us away from Christ's presence.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Matthew 21:33-46).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • As you read the Scripture lesson for the week, what are your thoughts as you hear Jesus tell the parable of the wicked vineyard tenants? Is there a word or phrase that caught your attention?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on the image of the Pharisees and religious authorities hearing Jesus tell this story, and their growing awareness that he is speaking of them. Is there a time in your life that you were either in charge of something or had been so familiar with a routine that you were not open to new ideas or new ways of imagining what the future might be like? How do you think this challenge might impact our lives with God?

  • After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's challenging statement regarding "the rejection of Jesus." What might you be doing in your life that reflects your "rejection of Jesus" and how might you strive to change to listen to Christ's call to each of us?

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on your own actions and other people's action in your life that serve as "restorative acts" to others. Reflect on how these actions made you feel, and how you felt knowing that you contributed to the restoration of others to the community.

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