The Word of God

The Danger Of Rejection

Reflection on Mass Reading for October 4, 2020

“‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.” The sad turn of events in the parable that Jesus uses to continue to get through to the chief priests, scribes, and elders is one of rejection. The truth is, we make literally hundreds of choices every day we walk on this planet from what we will eat and not eat to whom we will call or not. The wisdom here is what to reject and what not to reject. “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

We are in fact today given the perfect prescription of how we must move forward in this world of so many choices and rejections: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” The truth of the wealth of meaning found in the Scriptures today is simple but not simplistic. The road to Heaven must be taken with great expectation of the great promises that Jesus has sealed with His blood on the cross. It is an exciting adventure toward fulfillment or it is nothing at all.

“We may not be aware of it, but we choose either heaven or hell all the time. Everytime we choose to hope, everytime we choose to forgive and to let go of our resentments, we choose heaven, we choose life.” Jocelyn Soriano


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