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Winning Watermelons!

I tell you, then, that the Kingdom of God will be given to a people who will produce its fruit
Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:9,12-16,19-20; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43

Sermon Week Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 21:43

Hope Arkansas is a city with a least two claims to fame. Of course, it's the birthplace of former President Bill Clinton. But you may not know that it's also home to the largest watermelons on the planet -- a phenomenon that, for decades, has cultivated a growing trend among "hopeful" gardeners. Maybe you've seen the fruits of their labors featured on the evening news each year as contestants enter their behemoths in fairs and festivals across the country. The current, heavyweight world champion watermelon was grown in 2013, tipping the scales at an incredible 350.5 pounds!

One seed variety called the "Carolina Cross" has been specially developed by a Hope, Arkansas family farm to produce only the largest fruit. In fact, all of the watermelon world records during the past thirty-five years have been achieved using this seed variety. So if you are planning a summer picnic with 100 of your closest friends, you might consider planting the Carolina Cross watermelon seed and then watch the incredible fruit of your labor, grow and grow and grow!

On the subject of fruit-bearing, Jesus had plenty to say to His closest followers and to the crowds who came to hear Him speak. In today's Gospel we read, "I tell you, then, that the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit" (Mt. 21:43). Jesus, of course, was referring to His disciples, then and now. And that includes us -- you and me. In today's Lesson, His instruction to the chief priests and the elders who have questioned His authority is known as "The Parable of the Tenants":

As the parable tells us, the owner of a vineyard leases it to some tenant farmers. For three successive years, the tenants forcibly resist the owner's efforts to claim his rightful share of the harvest. They murder his agents who come to collect. And, after three harvests, they are in a strong position to acquire ownership of the land by means of what we would call "squatters rights." If they can successfully resist the owner's claims [...]

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