In the homily at Mass today, the priest talked about the great love and mercy of the landowner in the Gospel account. He took precious care of his vineyard and put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower (Mt 21:33). The most incredible part of the parable is that the landowner trusted in his unworthy tenants again and again. Trusted them because he wanted the very best for them. He first sent them a servant, then a group of servants, and finally even his very own son. Why would he do so? The celebrant talked about the great love and desire of the landowner which drove him to keep trying to obtain his rightful produce.
After I heard the homily, I thought to myself, “this is the stuff of Christian life.” This is our story. As mere humans beings we fall all the time. Our life in the monastery is spent falling and getting up, falling and getting up. And the reason why we are able to get back up is because the Lord, the merciful and patient landowner, is right there extending his hand to help us up. Never give up, because God never does!