Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people, “Listen to this parable. There was a property owner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, installed a wine press, and erected a tower.  Then the owner leased it out to tenant farmers and went on a journey.  When vintage time arrived, the owner sent aides to the tenants to divide the shares of the grapes.  The tenants responded by seizing the aides.  They beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.  A second time the owner sent even more aides than before, but they treated them the same way.

Finally the owner sent the family heir to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my heir.’  When the tenants saw the heir, they said to one another, ‘Here is the one who stands in the way of our having everything. The simple act of murder would solve that problem for us.’  With that, they seized and killed the heir outside the vineyard.  What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do to those tenants?”  They replied, “The owner will bring that wicked crowd to a horrible death and lease the vineyard out to others, who will see to it that there are grapes for the proprietor at vintage time.”  Jesus said to them, “Did you ever read in the scriptures,

‘The stone which the builders rejected

has become the chief cornerstone;

It was Our God’s doing and we find it

marvelous to behold’?

For this reason I tell you, the kindom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will yield a rich harvest.”

The Good News as spoken through Matthew.