Saturday, October 21st, 5PM & Sunday, October 22nd, 8AM
LET THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH, AND THE MEDIATION OF MY HEART, BE ALWAYS ACCEPTABLE IN THY SIGHT, O LORD, MY STRENGTH AND MY REDEEMER. AMEN
There’s a saying you may know. “Paybacks are hell.” I don’t know if the Pharisees of Jesus’ day knew that saying but they are counting on it being true. They are angry, fearful, and perhaps a bit embarrassed. They are looking for some Jesus payback. What they aren’t counting on is getting paid back.
Jesus has been whacking pretty hard on the establishment, the religious leaders. It’s Holy Week in today’s Gospel. Jesus rides into town and goes to the temple where He drives out the merchants and overthrows the money changers’ tables. Then He calls everyone a bunch of thieves. To make matters worse He heals the lame and blind. That really makes the chief priests and scribes angry. “Who do you think You are?” “By what authority are You doing these things,” they ask Him. He doesn’t answer them. Instead He says that they are like a disobedient kid, worse than the very people they judge and condemn as disobedient. But He doesn’t stop there.
He tells them a story about tenants of a vineyard who steal from the landlord and murder his son. They realize He is not talking about tenants of a vineyard. He is talking about them. They decide to get Him but they are scared of the crowds. Jesus is on a roll so He tells them another story. This one is about a wedding banquet, the kind they would be invited to. But the story doesn’t end the way they expect. One of the guests gets tied up and thrown into the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.