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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Matthew 21:33-46

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

On this Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we will explore the parable of the "Wicked Tenants;" a story of caution for those who would seek to exalt themselves and their judgments above the will of God. In this parable story, Jesus speaks the truth of God's loving embrace toward all people and indicts the religious authorities for the scarcity of their compassion and love toward others, especially toward those who need it most.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. The Scripture passage may be found by following this link: (Matthew 21:33-46).

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

  • As you read the parable of the "Wicked Tenants," focus your attention to the different perspectives of the story: Landowner, Tenants, Servants, and the Son. How does the perspective changes, and how does each character's understanding of love and respect change?

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph below, and then reflect on the dilemma the religious leaders find themselves in as they are confronted by this parable story. How does their rage toward Jesus come from their own feelings of either associating (or not associating) with the "tenants" in the parable?

  • After reading the "WHERE is God..." paragraph below, consider how the building tension between Jesus' mission and the religious leaders' continued efforts to subvert Jesus...and the thought in the study guide: "the authority and purpose of God will prevail."

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, consider the ideas of human "free will/free choice" and the understanding that "God's will ultimately prevails."

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