In today’s Gospel reading, the religious establishment again challenge the authority by which Jesus ministers. He responds with a story, in which a landowner sets up a vineyard, leases it to tenants, and goes abroad. When he sends out his servants at harvest time to collect his produce, the tenants injure and kill them. Sending a second, larger deputation for the purpose results in the same. Finally, in desperation he sends his son and the wicked tenants execute that heir. The chief priests and entourage naturally have to admit that the faithless tenant deserve ultimate punishment. Jesus is citing and metaphorically applying Isaiah’s depiction ofRead More →