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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 21:33–43TALk TLAk“”Connecting GOSPELThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOK4SUNDAY GOSPEL The Parable of the RentersNarrator: One day Jesus was teaching in the courtyard of the Temple and talking to the chief priests and elders of the people. He told them this parable.Jesus: Once there was a landowner who planted a vineyard, puta hedge around it, dug out a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to tenant farmers and went on a journey.When the grapes were ripe and ready to harvest, the landowner sent servants to get his share. But the renters beat and stoned the servants, and even killed one of them. The landowner sent more servants. The renters did the same things to them.Landowner: I will send my son. The renters will respect him.Jesus: So the son went to collect the grapes.First Renter: Look, here comes the son.Second Renter: Let’s kill him. Then we will inherit the vineyard.Jesus: The renters draggedthe son outside the vineyard and killed him.Narrator: When Jesus  nished the story, he turned to the people who were listening.Jesus: What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do to those renters when he comes back?Chief Priests and Elders: He willkill those evil people and rent the vineyard out to renters who will give him his grapes at harvest time.Jesus: Do you remember what the Scriptures say? “The stone that the builders rejected as worthless has become the cornerstone of the building. God has done this; what a marvelous sight!”And so I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to people who will produce fruit.and DOCTRINEGod Urges Us to Grow1 What responsibilities does a renter of a vineyard have?2 What is difficult about being a renter? An owner?3 Why does Jesus tell this parable to the chief priests?4 How does Matthew make this parable like the story of Jesus’ life?1 Why does it take a lifetime to learn tolove as Jesus does?2 Christians show love “because God first loved us” (1 John 4:19). How does that divine love inspire you to show love to others?By his life, Jesus revealed how totally God loves us. Learning to love as Jesus loved takes a lifetime. Each Sunday, we hear readings that challenge us to grow in the ways we love one another.The Old Testament reading and the Gospel for this Sunday tell us that God’s care for usis like the care of a farmerwho hoes, clears, plants,and watches over a vineyard, expecting a  ne harvest.Like a farmer’s care for vines, God’s love for us surrounds us and holds us. God’s love for us is always at our roots, urging us to grow into our best, most loving selves.“”The Catholic Church is apostolic, or built on the teachings of the Apostles. This Sunday’s Gospel remains as true for us today as it was for early Christians. Turn to page 13 in What the Church Believes and Teaches to learn the Marks of the Church. We are one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic. (Where have heard you these words before?)

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