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Don't Go it Alone!

...I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will yield a rich harvest
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

Carved in wood over the door of a Church in Ohio, are the words, "Enter at your own risk." Consider the meaning of those words: When you seek to experience God's Presence in Jesus Christ, it should be with the understanding that your life may never again be the same.

When you seek to enter into the Kingdom of God, your life may be forever changed.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus warns the chief priests and the Pharisees that winds of change are blowing and will prevail despite their resistance.". . . the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will yield a rich harvest," He warns them (Mt.21:43). One of the bitterest of fruits on the tree of life is the need to admit to not knowing all the answers. People can become so self-satisfied and self-righteous that they will not acknowledge the possibility of further enlightenment from any outside source. Not even God can get through this hard shell of selfishness and pride. Jesus' Church could not be built and sustained on such a foundation. The chief priests' and Pharisees' closed, religious system of rules and regulations stifled life. The discovery of New Life in Jesus Christ is not made within the narrow confines of a spiritless, rote relationship with God and other human beings. This is what Jesus was saying to those chief priests and Pharisees when He told them that the Kingdom of God would be taken from them and given to a nation that would yield a different kind of harvest.

Jesus' reason for speaking this parable in the final weeks of His ministry is clear. Throughout His public life, Jesus, Son of God, had claimed the right to exercise His Father's authority over His people. Instead of respecting this claim, the Scribes and Pharisees saw it as a threat to their dominion over God's people. They adopted a "He's got to go!" attitude, and Jesus knew they would soon make their move to dispose of Him. It was in this context then that Jesus spoke the [...]

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