September 29, 2020
Hans Christian Anderson wrote about an ‘ugly duckling’, who was rejected for being different from the other fowl that it found itself surrounded by. Rejection is central to the parable of this weekend, the rejection of Jesus, the Christ. His words and actions, although powerful, were rejected by many, especially those who should have recognized them as signs of the presence of the Messiah. The image of the vineyard, shared by Isaiah in the First Reading, is a rich one, which calls us to be workers in that vineyard of the Lord, and to prepare the produce for the harvest. Each and every day we should be sharing the Good News and preparing that produce which is our personal sanctification, and to share it with others – bringing others to the fullness of life and salvation in Christ. Our testimony may make us an ‘ugly duckling’ in some circles, but not where it really matters – the kingdom of God.