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The 27th Sunday Homily- Fr. Michael Kim

Before I begin my homily, I would like to tell you a story about my school days. At that time, I was a night owl, in other words, an evening person. That person tends to stay up late at night and then also rises late in the morning. So every morning, my dad came to wake me up. But, I did not hear it, and continued to sleep. Next, my elder sister came to wake me up. But I did not hear it, and continued to sleep. Finally, my mom came to wake me up. But I did not hear it, and continued to sleep. So, I was late to school so many times, and I have regretted that.  I should have listened to my dad, my mom, and my sister.  

In today's Gospel, Jesus speaks to the priests and elders with a parable. In this parable, the landowner leases his vineyard to tenants and sends his servants to collect the portion of the harvest that the tenants owe to him. Several times the servants are sent to collect payment, and each time they are killed by the tenants. Finally, the landowner sends his son to collect his rent. The tenants kill the landowner’s son, believing that they will inherit the vineyard.

The symbol of the vineyard is a mirror where we can see a reflection of our relationship with God. We believe that God always cultivates us and cares for us. From the book of Isiah, from today’s first reading, we heard that “My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside; he spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; within it he built a watchtower, and hewed out a wine press.” In this Scripture, my friend means our God, giving us love, mercy, and compassion every day. He is doing his best for us.

The problem is that people reject his love, mercy, and compassion. Rejection is a very difficult experience that can take time to overcome. As I told you in the beginning of my homily, I rejected my dad, my mom, and my sister many times. They were very upset at me, and my heart was not comfortable also. Every time I rejected my family, I had to say to them with a small sound, with a crawling sound, “I am sorry.” 

In the parable of todays’ Gospel, Jesus reminds the chief priests and elders that God’s own people have repeatedly rejected God’s love. Jesus tells the people that God has sent many messengers to help them know how to live. But, not everyone listened to these messengers, and so God sent his own Son, Jesus. God sent Jesus to teach them. God continues to reach out to them through Jesus Christ.

That is the love of God, that is the mercy of God, and that is the compassion of God. Even though we make some mistakes, God never stops loving us. Even though we are going in the wrong direction, God never stops guiding us. Even though we are oversleeping in the morning, God never stops waking us up every morning. That is the love of God, that is the mercy of God, and that is the compassion of God.

 “Brothers and sisters: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” As in Paul’s teaching in the second reading today, we need to give thanks to God for his ceaseless love, for his forever love, and for his endless love. 

This Sunday’s Gospel tells us that, notwithstanding the difficulties and apparent fragility, nothing can stop the love of God for us. Jesus Christ is the evidence of his everlasting love. So we are called to stay with Jesus and continue his mission of helping people to meet Him and to be saved and to struggle every day to counter the forces of evil and fulfill the desire to do good and promote justice. You are invited to participate in this mission, and you are chosen for this mission. Jesus tells us:

“I have chosen you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will remain.


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